The changing world order demands cooperation, and China’s willingness to partake in these discussions proves that they are ready to take on the leadership role that the US is leaving behind. But does China have enough soft power to become the global hegemon?
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The Australian political system has long operated on the premise that Members of Parliament are elected to make decisions on our behalf. Civic duties animate at election time but remain dormant otherwise. Referenda, the one mechanism that directly engages the citizenry, have become a rare component of our civic duty in recent times.
In a statement on 11 August 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull provided a firm commitment to America that the ANZUS Treaty guaranteed that “if there is an attack on the United States by North Korea … Australia will come to the aid of the United States”. This stands in contrast to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s more reserved characterisation of the ANZUS Treaty as providing only an “obligation to consult”, rather than an automatic commitment to send troops.