Examines the cautious development of Australian relations with East Asia during the 1980s and 1990s.
This text studies Australia's sense of vulnerability and attachment to distant protectors which has coexisted with tendencies of both assertiveness and complacency. It examines the cautious development of Australian relations with East Asia during the 1980s and 1990s, with detailed coverage of the background to the Australian effort and critical analysis of where Australian forays into the politics region leave its standing in East Asia and the world in the 21st century.
Living with vulnerability - from the beginning to 1983independent Australian foreign and defence policy; the persistence and decline of dependence. Promoting Australia's Asian future: commitments and hesitations; development, values, solidarity and fault lines; Australian efforts to qualify; dealing with Indonesia; East Timor and the watershed in policy; opportunities and constraints.