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Type: Journal article
Title: The 2009 Defence White Paper and the Rudd Government's response to China's rise
Author: Tubilewicz, C.
Citation: Australian Journal of Political Science, 2010; 45(1):149-157
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1036-1146
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Czeslaw Tubilewicz
Abstract: This research note discusses the 2009 Defence White Paper, particularly its focus on the potential threat the Chinese military might pose to the security of the Asia-Pacific in the foreseeable future. It also examines Chinese responses to the White Paper's main theses. It concludes that the White Paper marked a departure from the Howard government's policy of de-emphasising differences in Canberra's dialogue with Beijing and, by re-affirming commitment to the alliance with the United States (US), delineated the limits of Australia's partnership with China. However, its poorly substantiated predictions regarding the rise of China's power, the US economic and military decline and Beijing's geostrategic objectives raise doubts about the Rudd government's capacity to formulate a coherent vision for the future of Australia's relations with China.
Rights: © 2010 Australian Political Studies Association
RMID: 0020096845
DOI: 10.1080/10361140903517767
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