The US will not grant China any improvement in relations until Beijing stops its economic coercion of Australia, a senior White House official said.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has told the Chinese government that “we are not going to leave Australia alone on the field”, according to the President’s Indo-Pacific Coordinator, Kurt Campbell.
“We have made clear that the US is not prepared to improve relations in a bilateral and separate context at the same time that a close and dear ally is being subjected to a form of economic coercion,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in the first interview a senior Biden official has given to any Australian media.
Good to see. Allies should stand by each other when it comes to these issues. Allies shouldn’t suggest that it is Australia’s fault for not respecting China enough.