China’s Grand Strategy and Australia’s Future in the New Global Order
Melbourne University Press
On the question of how to deal with China, Australia is a house divided. Those in one camp believe that China is a threat to Australia and must be confronted. Some in this camp feel that China will seek to impose regional and global hegemony, as the United States did after World War II; others fear not global dominance, but the insidious threat stemming from the ideology of the Communist Party of China, the authoritarian proclivities of Xi Jinping and/or the expanding Chinese military. Those in the other camp believe we should engage with China. Several argue that China faces internal challenges and global interdependencies that limit its ambitions and capabilities; others regard China’s rise as inexorable and deserving of accommodation, rather than resistance.