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Balancing act: Experts warn we can’t stay out of China’s conflicts

3 October 2016

Australia faces an increasing challenge as tensions escalate between China and the United States over the Asia-Pacific region.

For the past 20 years, Australia has been trying to balance its alliance with the US with its mostly uninterrupted economic growth on the back of China.

That’s become increasingly difficult of late, defence analyst Prof Hugh White told Four Corners.

“This is the first time in our history where our biggest trading partner is a strategic rival of our principal ally, so this introduces a whole level of complexity into our strategic situation we’ve never known as a country before,” Prof White said.

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