Australia has mishandled the inquiry into Covid-1 9, but it is in uncomfortable and unfamiliar territory
For more than a decade, Australia has faced a apparently impossible choice: whether to strengthen ties with its closest ally, the United Government, or with its largest trading collaborator, China.
But the Covid-1 9 pandemic- which has highlighted the hazards be represented by both Donald Trump’s nativism and Xi Jinping’s authoritarianism- is forcing Australia to confront a new option: select neither.
Jonathan Pearlman is editor of Australian Foreign Affairs and world editor of The Saturday Paper
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