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Jonathan Swan Feb 2, 2017
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Trump's phone call: The view from Australia

You only have time to read one piece putting Trump's Australian phone call in context and this is it: Peter Hartcher is the international editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and one of the most influential journalists in Australia. What he writes will be read by the top foreign policy decision-makers in the Australian government.

While the current conservative government in Australia is utterly committed to the U.S. relationship, some degree of reassessment is inevitable. One of the key questions — and this is a perennial debate in Australian foreign policy — is the extent to which Australia reorients itself away from its dependence on America and toward its Asian neighbors. China is obviously the most disputed part of that equation.