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How to Be a Good Friend:
China and the Australia-Japan Security Relationship
Author: Andrew Forrest
Volume 4, Number 1 (Autumn 2008), pp. 43-53.
This article examines the Howard Government’s controversial March 2007 decision to sign a new Japan-Australia security agreement as a basis for examining the Chinese Government’s view of Australia’s East Asian security contributions in the post-Howard era. The new security pact between the two countries presents us with an excellent opportunity to examine not just prevailing assumptions in China about Australia’s current security contributions in East Asia, but also how these contributions could conceivably change over the coming decade in line with the broader changes currently under-way in the strategic context of the Asia Pacific region. It argues that the new security pact with Japan needlessly emphasises the military dimension of Australia’s security contributions in Asia, and, in doing so, feeds assumptions in Beijing that the Australia is on the verge of being locked-in to a US-dominated anti-China multilateral security regime in the region.
About the Author
Andrew Forrest is a PhD candidate in the School of International and Political Studies at Deakin University. His research project is on Chinese perceptions of Japan’s security strategy post-September 11, 2001. email@example.com.