The Australian Former senior US official and past World Bank president Bob Zoellick has warned Australians that opinion in America is hardening against China and that any moves by China to an “Asian hegemony” strategy will plague the region and China itself. by Paul Kelly
'During his visit to Australia to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of
the Australia-America Free Trade Agreement, Zoellick’s message is that
the US can and must remain the insurer of Asia-Pacific security, in
partnership with its allies, including Australia.
argues the central challenge for the US and Australia is to operate
successfully in a “hybrid system” — seizing the economic potential in
partnering with China while, on the security front, taking a firm stand
against China’s assertiveness.
'This strategy plays out against
growing alarm in Washington that China now flexes its muscles by
seeking, in the words of President Xi Jinping, to build “a new type of
international system” — a far reaching departure from former leader Deng
Xiaoping’s maxim “hide your strength, bide your time”.'