SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
A NEW PHASE IN AUSTRALIA’S RELATIONS WITH CHINA
Australian Institute Of International Affairs
MONDAY 14 OCTOBER 2019
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Australia’s relationship with China is complex and consequential. China is, and will continue to be, of great importance to Australia, to our region and to the world.
The key question for Australia is how we best make the relationship work for us.
How do we make it work, knowing that China will always press for what’s best for it, just as we should always press for what’s best for us.
How do we make it work, in the context of strategic competition between our friend and ally, the United States, and our important partner, China.
How do we make it work, recognising that challenges may intensify and become harder to manage in the future.