Australia, Trump and Asia: Navigating Turbulent Waters

Australia, Trump and Asia: Navigating Turbulent Waters

Australia, Trump and Asia: Navigating Turbulent Waters

By Kelly Bailey from Perth USAsia Centre | 06 Apr 2017

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Senior Advisor on Asia Pacific security for the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Andrew Shearer, led a private roundtable discussion on Australia’s national security and diplomatic policymakers in the Indo-Pacific.

Key takeaways

  • Shearer analysed the rise of Trump and questioned what the Trump phenomenon means for Australian-US relations in the Indo-Pacific.

  • Shearer stressed the US-Australian alliance history, highlighting Australia’s strategically valuable position and US dependence on Australian territory.

  • Shearer distinguished three key security threats in the Indo-Pacific: North Korean nuclear weapons, China’s militarism and aggression in the East and South China Sea, and Islamic Jihadism in South East Asia.


Kelly Bailey is an intern at the Perth USAsia Centre

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