Australian Foreign Affairs
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Japan: a critical partner for Australia–US security ambitions
Japan and Australia are the two most steadfast allies of the US in Asia. Hayley Channer writes that the mix of traditional and non-traditional security threats provides a compelling logic for continued collective action.
ANZUS, Australia and Korea
Australia's efforts to forge an alliance with the US were consolidated by a rapid and substantial commitment to the Korean War. But former ambassador Bill Paterson argues the current modest level of engagement on the Korean peninsula is an "opportunity forgone" to build security ties with both the US and Republic of Korea.
ANZUS and Taiwan
Taiwan, a longtime source of tension between the US and China, could prove to be the driving force behind future conflict. And, as expert Alan Dupont writes, the ANZUS Treaty could force Australia into battle alongside its longtime ally and against its largest trading partner.
Successful diplomacy is always personal
In reflecting on a 34-year career in the foreign service, former ambassador Sue Boyd concludes the key ingredient to success is “tradecraft” – and especially the ability to establish and maintain good personal relationships.
ANZUS and China
The relevance of ANZUS to Australia’s relations with China has fluctuated over decades with perceptions of Beijing’s international ambitions. As Rowan Callick writes, China is again at the centre of strategic cooperation between Washington and Canberra, driven in large part by anxiety over the prospect of war over Taiwan.