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Scott Morrison's China policies are selling Australia short

Canberra ignoring the real conundrum at the heart of its relationship with Beijing

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Scott Morrison during Question Time in the House of Representatives on Oct 8: his government's record has been anything but patient or consistent.   © Getty Images

Dr. Priya Chacko is a senior lecturer in international politics at the University of Adelaide. Dr. Bec Strating is the executive director of La Trobe Asia and a senior lecturer in politics and international relations at La Trobe University.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently declared that his approach to foreign policy is defined by "strategic patience and consistency," particularly regarding China, Australia's biggest trading partner.

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