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China wants Australia to focus on trade and investment relationship, rather than 'ideological' prejudices

Last Updated:2017-12-22

Dr. Geoff Raby argues that Australia's insistence on discussing ideological issues of human rights and sovereignty with China could be detrimental to the relationship.

“I think there's been a high degree of ambivalence, on our side, in the relationship about how we respond to China's massive economic rise and presence in the region. We have taken quite strident positions in public on the South China Sea which are way ahead of our regional neighbours."