China is a ‘significant threat’ to established order

China poses a difficult challenge for global democracies as it shows no signs of stepping back from its “increasingly assertive, influential and aggressive behaviour,” according to political consultant Jim Middleton. The Morrison government is waiting on a Department of Defence report into potential security concerns of the sale of the Port of Darwin to Chinese owned Landbridge Group. Mr Middleton said the Port of Darwin being owned by a Chinese firm was “not a good look” given Australia was expressing “great concerns about the rise of China”. “China is these days a significant threat to the established order in the Indo-Pacific,” he said. He said the United States’ status as the “paramount power” in the region was being challenged by China as a result of Beijing’s rise but also the “relative decline” of the US. “This is quite clearly, not just a major challenge for the US, but of course for Australia too,” according to Mr Middleton. “A very, very difficult challenge for Australia and for democracies world-wide as China shows no signs of stepping back from its increasingly assertive, influential and aggressive behaviour.”

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