Australian Prime Minister Morrison hopes that President Trump’s warm welcome outside the White House will be an impressive visit to the United States.
AP: Susan Walsh
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has high hopes for Donald Trump's re-election after winning the US presidential election next year.
During the week of visiting the United States, Prime Minister Morrison had a very close relationship with President Trump.
Morrison hopes that this visit to the United States will remember the welcome ceremony in the White House and the state banquet in the Rose Garden under the stars in people's minds.These are all signs that emphasize the depth of the Australia-US alliance.
But what is surprising is that Prime Minister Morrison and President Trump appeared together at the opening ceremony of billionaire Anthony Pratt's paper mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio. .
No, the prime minister's office insisted that it was not a rally.But Trump did make it look like a rally.
For a self-respecting Australian leader, this is not just a diplomatic embarrassment, it may also cause problems in Australia.This year’s Lowy poll showed that only 25% of Australians feel confident that Trump is doing the right thing in world affairs.
This may be a turning point in this state visit
The situation in Washington was better than Morrison's performance later outside of Washington.After leaving Washington, Morrison began a debate about China and had to defend Australia's mediocre performance on climate change issues.
In short, this is a visit to the United States that is considered a success, but at some price.It is worth noting that while Morrison and Trump reiterated the Australia-US alliance and friendship, they further annoyed our biggest trading partner.
The Australia-U.S. alliance has been well restored, but there is nothing to show the intimacy between Australia and the U.S. than in the Oval Office of the President of the White House and the gorgeous gowns.
Although [Australia and the United States at this time] may not have any specific requirements, when either party wants to ask for help, there will be more favor deposits in the [Two-State Friendship] bank (as the United States has recently made in the Freedom of Navigation Operation in the Middle East Do the same as former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull did with steel and aluminum tariffs).
Leaders of most countries find it difficult to approach President Trump personally, and some people will not even try.
As a Conservative who won an unexpected victory in the general election, Morrison's every move made President Trump satisfied.
He appropriately and generously thanked the president for his attention; he was not a charismatic person who was vying for the limelight at a joint press conference.
Morrison's attention is all on President Trump and Republicans.
After the two showed up together in Ohio, when asked if he thought he had participated in Trump’s rally, and whether he saw Democrats during his visit to the United States, he said, "Well, I am here. Seeing the president, this is the intention."
What will be the long-term impact?
We have yet to see the long-term impact of Morrison's major foreign policy speeches in Chicago on China's remarks (he avoided the UN leaders climate summit in New York at the time)
He declared that China has reached the stage of an advanced economy, so it should accept the responsibility of this trade status and environmental protection obligations, rather than enjoy the preferential treatment of developing countries. This is basically a more advanced view of his earlier domestic views in Australia. Explain in detail.
But the location and the general environment are both important in foreign policy.
In the United States, surrounded by the Australian media, and Trump’s high-profile anti-China remarks, Morrison’s words were amplified.
China quickly described Morrison as a person expressing Trump's position and responded in a statement from the embassy in Canberra.
Why is China still classified as a "developing" country?
Why is China, the world's second largest economy and the country with the most billionaires, still called a "developing" country?
Australia's claim that China is a "new developed economy" is untenable.This is one-sided and unfair.This is basically in response to the US allegations.
"Indeed, through its own efforts, China has made remarkable achievements in economic and social development in the past few decades, becoming the world's second largest economy. However, in terms of overall development level, China and developed countries are still There is a big gap. China still has a long way to go to achieve comprehensive modernization."
The statement said: "On the whole, China is still a developing country. This has been widely recognized by the international community."
Australia-China relations enter the ice age
China has plunged Australia into a so-called deep freeze.
Morrison wanted to visit Beijing very much.Since 2016, no Australian Prime Minister has visited Beijing.But as Prime Minister Morrison pointed out, he cannot go without an invitation.
His analysis [of China] did not help.Morrison said that the meeting between Foreign Minister Marise Payne and the Chinese Foreign Minister outside the UN meeting showed that "this relationship continues to be in good condition", but this has not changed the status quo.
Climate brings another tricky moment
For Morrison, climate issues are always difficult because the UN Leadership Summit is sandwiched between his Washington itinerary and his speech at the UN General Assembly.But he didn't want to go there.
The Australian government tried to defend his absence on the grounds that only countries that announced the new [climate change] plan have a say.But this is not Morrison's absence from the meeting, but a sufficient excuse for sending Foreign Minister Payne to attend.
His absence only intensified criticism of Australia.After the carbon price [carbon trading policy] was cancelled, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have been rising for the past few years.
Morrison used his speech at the UN General Assembly to justify the actions of his government, declaring that "Australia is doing its part on the issue of climate change, and we reject any different views."
He talked a lot about Australia's efforts in plastic waste management and mentioned that "plastic pollution suffocates our oceans."
Embarrassingly, his speech coincided with the release of a report on the urgent need to take action to curb sea level rise by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Morrison's priorities are now clear
With the continuous introduction of Morrison’s foreign policy, this trip highlights his priorities and approach.
Specifically, he operates on the basis of American first, and he has transformed this into "Trump first."
The unpredictability and qualities of President Trump (and the current attempt to impeach him) does not matter, what we need is to build relationships.
Former Australian Prime Minister Turnbull also tried to get close to Trump. He introduced himself to him in a salesmanship among businessmen.
Morrison was once regarded by Trump as the most popular person. He and Trump, an American who can mobilize silence, but not much like national leaders, established a mutually beneficial relationship and easy acquaintances. .
When Morrison delivered a large speech on trade in June this year, his government's position was that it did not choose a side between the United States and China (although it seems that he has chosen a side, and it seems that this is inevitable).
After Morrison's trip to the United States, the United States and China undoubtedly knew which side Australia was on.
Michelle Grattan is a professor at the University of Canberra.She is also the chief political reporter for The Conversation.This article was first published on the "Dialogue" website.
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