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Australia Lacks Strategy to Deal With China, Labor’s Wong Says

  • Plan needed for economic diversification, opposition says
  • Canberra should liaise with allies on ‘more assertive’ China

Australia lacks an overarching approach to handling a “much more assertive” China, and needs a plan for economic diversification and liaising with Asian allies to handle the emerging superpower, opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong said.

“The strategy should be working out how we deal with the effects for Australia and the region of a China which demonstrably is taking a very different stance,” Wong told ABC’s ‘Insiders’ program. “The government really does need to stop focusing on splashy headlines and work out what is it doing.”