Crikey Talks: On China, ‘Australia is very much on its own’

It’s ‘a dystopian future, something like we’ve never had to navigate before’. Former ambassador to China Geoff Raby and Centre for Independent Studies executive director Tom Switzer sat down with Crikey Inside Access members to talk China.

Former ambassador to China Geoff Raby (left) and Centre for Independent Studies Executive Director Tom Switzer (right) speak with Janine Perrett (Image: Provided)Australia is very much on its own in the Asia-Pacific region and will have to devise much more authentic foreign policy than it has for many decades.

That’s the blunt verdict of former Australian ambassador to China Geoff Raby, speaking last night alongside Centre for Independent Studies executive director Tom Switzer in a talk hosted by Crikey columnist Janine Perrett for Crikey Inside Access subscribers

The overriding theme of the talk was how Australia navigates its relationships with, as Switzer put it, an increasingly assertive China — Australia’s key trade partner — and an increasingly erratic United States — Australia’s most important security ally.

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Charlie Lewis

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Charlie writes about industrial relations, politics and culture. Prior to Crikey he worked across government and unions and was a researcher on RN’s Daily Planet. He hosted The Alternative History on Triple R, and is an occasional host on Breakfasters.

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