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Australian policymakers could take a more independent foreign policy stance - Pearls and Irritations

Australian policymakers could take a more independent foreign policy stance - Pearls and Irritations
Mark Beeson (Beeson), an adjunct professor at the Australia-China Relations Institute, UTS, speaks to Global Times.

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Australian policymakers have been urged to take a more independent stance in their foreign policy, particularly in their relationship with China. Since Prime Minister Anthony Albanese took office in 2022, Australia has been working towards a more pragmatic cooperation with China. Mark Beeson, an adjunct professor at the Australia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney, emphasized the need for Australia to have a more independent approach in foreign policy. He also highlighted the impact of China-US relations on the relationship between Beijing and Canberra. Beeson also discussed the future development of China-Australia relations and the role of economic and trade exchanges between the two countries. He also emphasized the importance of people-to-people exchanges and the need for a better understanding of each other's societies and histories. Beeson also commented on the "China paranoia" of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), stating that it reflects a level of paranoia among Australia’s strategic elites, security agencies, influential news outlets, and senior policymakers. He highlighted an incident where ASIO harassed and intimidated one of his former PhD students during a research trip to Australia, reflecting the consequences of the dominant security discourse about the "China threat." Beeson urged for a more balanced and insightful view of China-Australia relations.

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