Neoconservatism, US-China conflict, and Australia's 'great and powerful friends' dilemma

Pan, Chengxin 2006, Neoconservatism, US-China conflict, and Australia's 'great and powerful friends' dilemma, Pacific review, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 429-448, doi: 10.1080/09512740600984556.

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Title Neoconservatism, US-China conflict, and Australia's 'great and powerful friends' dilemma
Author(s) Pan, ChengxinORCID iD for Pan, Chengxin
Journal name Pacific review
Volume number 19
Issue number 4
Start page 429
End page 448
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2006-12
ISSN 0951-2748
Keyword(s) neoconservatism
'great and powerful friends'
Australian foreign policy
US-China relations
Summary Following its time-honoured 'great and powerful friends' foreign policy tradition, Australia has been cultivating close ties simultaneously with the United States and China. Yet, as a rivalry between the two powers apparently looms large, Australia faces an acute dilemma. While the rise of China and the question of Taiwan are often cited as main causes of US-China discord, this article argues that the American neoconservative policy on China, underpinned by a belief in both military strength and moral clarity, is integral to this growing competition and is, by extension, partly responsible for the emergence of Australia's predicament. To avoid such a difficult choice, the article suggests that Australia should strive to curb the policy influence of neoconservatism both in the United States and at home by pursuing a more independent foreign policy, making clear its strategic postures on US-China relations, and helping establish a trilateral strategic forum between Australia, the United States, and China.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09512740600984556
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor and Francis
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