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For the British, the real "down under" – the country you would reach if you turned the world on its head – is Australia.For decades, Australia has had a close partnership with the U.S., not least in security terms.This is bad news for Australia, which would clearly like to build a stronger partnership with regional powers that share its democratic values and interests, including India, Japan, and the U.S. Such an alliance would not seek to contain China, but to ensure that it does not abuse its power and stoke regional tensions and instability.Today's Chinese united front is no exception, and Australia is one of the countries that is being targeted.Australia has strong economic ties with China, which buys much of what it mines and grows. For its own part, China has exported money and people to Australia, from the business world to academia. Turnbull's crackdown on foreign interference in domestic politics amounts to a bold attempt to strengthen Australia's position in the global South.Beyond failing to support Australia, Trump's antics are actually undermining Turnbull's effort.
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