Labor’s AUKUS woes a boon for Beijing


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The intensive talks are aimed at ensuring that Biden and Xi Jinping have a substantive meeting at the APEC summit in San Francisco this month. The same goes for Japan, Australia’s other major partner in the region. Its prime minister, Fumio Kishida, will meet his Chinese and South Korean counterparts this year in the first trilateral summit since 2019. So, while Washington and Tokyo run the ruler over Albanese in China, they will be preparing themselves for their own summits. The only difference is that Australia’s ties with Beijing had fallen further and faster than our partners, and thus the...