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Will Australia be caught in the crossfire?

Some in China have not been slow to make the same point. “Australia cannot play China for a fool,” an article in the nationalist Chinese tabloid the Global Times said on Wednesday. “One thing is certain – if Australia uses its military bases to help the US harm Chinese interests, then Australia itself will be caught in the crossfire.”

Australia would then find itself blazing another geopolitical trail, as one of the first countries to be squeezed between the two great powers of the age.

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