The recent heightening of tensions between China and the US complicates Australia's relations with both nations. This topic analyses the triangular relationships among these three states and identifies cyber as a key factor in the dynamic changes affecting their strategic and economic relationships. The Alliance relationship between Australia and the US has deepened in recent years in its diplomatic, defense and economic dimensions. At the same time China's economic situation has altered as has its strategic policy, both in terms of spheres of influence and its ambitions in the digital domain. All of this greatly complicates Australia's traditional policy of following a hedging strategy with respect to both its main economic partner and its main strategic partner. The topic will include consideration of the research programs being developed in the Jeff Bleich Center for the US Alliance in Digital Technology, Security, and Governance, recently established at Flinders.
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