This session is available in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth at 12:30pm AWST.
Australia is an imperialist power in its own right in the Asia Pacific, and one increasingly central to the US led plan to contain the rise of China through trade, political and military means. As tensions rise between the US and China, the Australian elite have been at the forefront of a global push to ratchet up tensions in an emerging Cold War. The stakes for Australia are imperialist influence over Southeast Asia and dominance over the Pacific Islands. As an increasingly jingoistic Australian media speculates about Chinese deep sea ports in Vanuatu, loans in Fiji, and 5G networks across the Pacific, it’s important for the left to understand the imperialist role of Australia in the region.