Handbook on the United States in Asia
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Handbook on the United States in Asia

Managing Hegemonic Decline, Retaining Influence in the Trump Era

Edited by Andrew T.H. Tan

The centre of gravity in today’s global economy arguably now resides in Asia. As a result of this, the maintenance of geopolitical and economic security in Asia has become pivotal to global stability. This indispensable Handbook examines the crucial and multifaceted role of the United States as a force in the region that has been, and continues to be, necessary for the continuation of Asian prosperity.
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Chapter 12: Prospects for US relations with Australia

David W. Lovell


Diplomatic, military and economic relations between Australia and the United States have been close for a century. The security relationship on which this chapter focuses was cemented during the Second World War and formalised by the ANZUS Treaty in 1951; it is central to Australia’s strategic calculations. Despite uncertainty about the future of the alliance during the early stages of Donald Trump’s presidency, Australian political leaders are committed to it while conscious of Australia’s economic dependence on trade with China, the United States’ strategic competitor. Given the parallel interests and shared values of the United States and Australia the prospects for the relationship going forward are positive, though the advent of the Trump administration demonstrates that leaders’ personalities cannot be discounted. Above all, the rise of China and Australia’s abiding sense of insecurity mean that the United States and Australia are likely to remain close allies for the foreseeable future.

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