We are having a class debate on whether Australia should prioritize an alignment with its US Allies or its Asian Allies. I have chosen to taken the negative side debating that we should align...

We are having a class debate on whether Australia should prioritize an alignment with its US Allies or its Asian Allies. I have chosen to taken the negative side debating that we should align ourselves with China. I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some ideas on why Australia should align itself with China. I understand the basic rapidly growing economy. I was looking for things slightly more specific than that.

Thanks in advance!

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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It's an interesting political issue. Traditionally, Australia has been part of the Anglosphere, the worldwide community consisting of the former colonies of Britain. Your first argumentative strategy might be to make an anti-colonial argument, saying that alignment with the US or with other ex-colonial states in a sense replicates the colonial mentality and its concomitant political alignments. By allying with China, Australia would, in a sense, be growing up and casting off its colonial history.

The next argument is geographical proximity. It makes more sense to ally with China and other countries within its sphere of influence than to ally with more distant nations.

Next, as you mention, there is the economic and trade advantage, especially given that Australia has a wealth of raw materials needed by China.

Political arguments would be trickier. You could make a case that democracy is less efficient than the Chinese model of state capitalism, and thus that Australia should emulate it, but I doubt many Australians would be happy with the lack of personal freedom that would entail. 

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