Pundits often negatively portray China’s current posture towards the liberal international order. A more nuanced, and arguably more apt, characterisation of its stance is that of a “conditional supporter.”
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The debate over Australia’s response to the challenges presented by China often pits pragmatists against proponents of a principles-based approach. While these perspectives may appear to be in conflict, short-run pragmatism could pave the way for a principles-based approach in the future.
The current pandemic is increasingly viewed as generating geopolitical swings in an already dynamic Indo-Pacific region. The vast and non-discriminatory character of this disease has created a need for a coordinated response to ensure proper management and preparedness for the post-COVID-19 world.