Problems in Australian foreign policy January‐June, 1989

Stephanie Lawson*

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The issue of Australia's commitment to human rights was brought into focus by a number of developments, both major and minor, throughout the period under review. From the question of the expulsion of a dissident Vietnamese playwright in January, to the massacre in Beijing's Tienanmen Square and the subsequent execution of protest leaders, Australia's responses were influenced heavily by economic considerations. Trade relations have come to dominate almost every aspect of Australia's foreign policy activity, including issues of security which remained very much at the forefront throughout the period, especially in relation u, Australia's neighbours in the Pacific. As with the previous period, then, the major issues in Australian foreign policy in the first half of 1989 were concerned largely with security, trade and regional relations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-438
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Politics & History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1989


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