New Coalition Government Reveals Plan to Develop closer China ties

Defence Minister David Johnston says an upcoming Abbott government defence white paper will cast China as an economic opportunity rather than a potential military adversary, The Australian Financial Review reports.

According to the newspaper, Senator Johnston said the paper would move well away from a central theme of Kevin Rudd’s 2009 defence white paper which highlighted the potential for Australia to be involved in a war in North Asia.

 “We [the Coalition] obviously prefer a balanced approach [to the US and China], [Foreign Minister] Julie Bishop and I are both from Western Australia where our relationship with China is strong, very professional and very commercial,” Senator Johnston told the AFR

For more on this report by the China Spectator, please click here, and by AFR,  click here.

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