ARE THESE AUSSIES DREAMING OR WORSE STILL ANTHROPOMORPHIZING AS THE CHINESE WILL ALWAYS DO WHAT THEY WANT WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN NEEDS. THAT IS THE NATURE OF THE BEAST.
A new China Narrative for Australia
Contributors: Stephen FitzGerald, Allan Gyngell, Jackson Kwok, Andrew Parker, Michael Wesley
- We want to continue to live in a prosperous society and enjoy the lifestyle we have
- We want to live in a clean and sustainable environment.
- We want a mutually agreed upon set of rules about how nations interact in the Indo-Pacific region and the world.
- We want to be at peace.
- We want to formulate our foreign policy independently of pressure or coercion from
- We want to have control over our own affairs, without undue influence from other countries. In short, we must be masters of our own house.
We want to continue to live in a prosperous society and enjoy the lifestyle we have.
- This narrative is about engaging China, not merely managing our relationship.
- This narrative calls for deep and forward- looking engagement with the PRC. We cannot secure our national interests with a transactional approach to China.
- This narrative is about building a new kind of relationship between a middle power and a great power, with which we are already intertwined in multiple ways.
- This narrative is a realistic, candid assessment of ourselves and of the PRC.
- This narrative calls for Australia to speak out respectfully and firmly about what it finds unacceptable, regardless of the country.
- This narrative acknowledges that we cannot allow our relationship with the United States to compromise our determination to think and act independently vis-à-vis China.
- This narrative acknowledges that our capacity to influence is limited. Our interests have to be negotiated with clear eyes. But our values are non-negotiable.