Australia and the rules-based order in Asia: of principles and pragmatism

Nick Bisley, Benjamin Schreer

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In response to a more-contested Asia, Australia has placed the ‘rules-based order’ at the heart of its declaratory strategic policy. This move signals Australia’s commitment to this order, to its alliance with the United States, and to a more active strategic role in the region. However, a failure to match rhetoric with action risks undermining Australia’s strategic interests by emboldening China and reducing Australia’s value as an American ally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-319
Number of pages18
JournalAsian Survey
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Australia
  • rules-based order
  • China
  • alliances
  • East Asia
  • regional order


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