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4 Feb 2017 (AFR) – China rubs its hands – China predicts weaker ties between Australia and US after Trump’s tough phone call

(4 February 2017, AFR, p10, by Lisa Murray)

‘A Chinese scholar linked to the foreign ministry believes the Australia-United States alliance has been weakened and the “unpredictability” of President Donald Trump could create opportunities for China to expand in the region. Liu Qing, from the China Institute of International Studies, a think tank that sits under the Foreign Ministry, said the harsh exchange of words between the two leaders will prompt Canberra to…’  <snipped…>

‘Mr Liu said President Trump’s “unpredictability” would allow Beijing to extend its influence in the region, as neighbouring countries become more willing to co-operate with China.’

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