By Kaliopate Tavola
Australia also needs to temper its geopolitics under Indo-Pacific/AUKUS to allow breathing space for PICs to determine their respective China, et al, policies. This would necessarily mean a re-examination of its “deepest, oldest instinct in the South Pacific: strategic denial, striving to exclude other major powers from the region.” This respects the sovereignty of each PIC and honours the solidarity of the collective. Furthermore, the larger familyhood implied by the Vuvale arrangement demands this.
The initial ruckus, brought about by the signing of AUKUS – the new trilateral security pact amongst Australia, UK and USA last September seems to have died down. Its ripple effects, however, will continue to impact . . .