The Battle of Brisbane: Australia and the Yanks at War

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The Weekly Notebook

Exploring Australia-China history

Canberra writer and journalist Rob Macklin has written a highly relevant, timely and utterly riveting book on the intricate relationship between Australia and China. Over the years, I’ve read most of Macklin’s 28 books but this is his best. It’s a cracker.

With China established as Australia’s major trading partner, and the Beijing rulers under enormous Western pressure to declare all-out economic war on their nearest neighbour, North Korea, Australians have been obliged to consider soberly the “China question”. Can Australia maintain its current twin-track policy of a) profiting from trade with China while b) joining the US and British strategy to encircle China with a menacing military and diplomatic cordon?

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