Former trade minister urges Australia to exercise regional influence independent of the two superpowers

The United States is engaged in a “futile and counterproductive” attempt to contain China, and Australia should exercise its influence independently of both superpowers, former trade minister Andrew Robb has said.

Delivering the Australian mining industry annual lecture in Melbourne on Monday, Robb suggested the industry faces two major challenges in containing project costs and maintaining trade relationships in Asia as the US and China struggle like “two bulls in a paddock”.

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