South China Sea: Trump card Australia has over China


When US President Donald Trump was elected back in November 2016, it was already clear from his rhetoric that the relationship between China and the United States would never be the same again.

In the years that followed, the war of words between Beijing and Washington gradually continued to escalate, until in 2018 the still ongoing trade war erupted between the two nations.

COVID-19 only exacerbated this.

Since January, various mutual sanctions have been put in place by both nations, the US has revoked Hong Kong’s special administrative status and President Trump’s talk about the “China virus” has only served to further inflame existing tensions.