The cracks in China's political narrative

As China's economic growth slows, its capacity to use its status as the 'future of Asia' for geopolitical leverage will be tested.

In an opinion piece for yesterday’s edition of The Australian, former Foreign Minister and New South Wales Premier Bob Carr warned against Australia getting involved in a conflict between Japan and China over disputed islands in the East China Sea. The underlying reason offered is one that is widely shared: that Australia’s (and Asia’s) economic prosperity is too heavily dependent on China.

As those in agreement might put it, it is a fool’s errand to fight the future -- better to work with it.


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