Weak hand at helm as Australia drifts upon stormy regional seas

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Political turmoil compels leadership to prioritize domestic survival, rather than the greatest series of foreign policy challenges Canberra has faced in decades.

Australia faces arguably its greatest series of regional foreign policy challenges in decades – including, most notably, how to balance its relations with a rising China – but political turmoil is hampering a coherent and committed response.

Arg 2bNew Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently visited Indonesia to ink a new trade deal, while Foreign Minister Marise Payne was in Nauru for the Pacific Islands…

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