Professor Valerie Hudson, Tom Switzer and Professor William (Bill) Tow
Prior to his election in November 2016, President Donald J. Trump's foreign policy outlook was the antithesis of the "Washington playbook": the bipartisan consensus to support allies, free trade, and liberal democratic values across the globe.
Australia has never encountered an Asian country as powerful as China is today, and we have no idea how to deal with it. We still assume that America will be there to manage China’s rise and save us from choices we’d prefer not to face. But that assumption is no longer credible, so Australia must prepare to deal with a powerful China without US support. And to do that we must first think more carefully about the nature of Chinese power and what it means for Australia.