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USA V China – New poll confirms MindMap2012 findings on Aussie preference for neutrality.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on page 9 today (Jan 6 2015) that in the event of a conflict between the US or Japan and China, two thirds of Australians believe we should remain neutral. With regard to conflict in the South China Sea, that figure is seven in ten . Based on an online survey conducted in december 2014 on 1000 Australians by UMR on behalf of the Australia-China Relations Institute, there is pause for reflection before Australia's politicians spend up big on new submarines or indulge in feisty rhetoric about our powerful neighbours.

The Australian people's preference for neutrality was made clear in  MindMap2012 research conducted by this organisation on a representative national sample of more than 10000 respondents. Our data indicated that more than six in ten Australians believed that the two superpowers should be treated equally in dealings and negotiations. Stratfor business intelligence boss, George Friedman wrote in one of his missives on this country that Australia's interests have always been dictated by who controls the sea lanes. In the 19th century that was Great Britain and for most of the 20th, it has been the USA. Now with our principal trading partners in East and India and China ramping up their military (in particular their navies), our options are several but our choices less clear. The Australian public's instinctive reticience toward being dragged into foreign entanglements including those in the Middle East as well as Asia suggests they might be several years ahead of our political representatives and their advisors.US and China – How should Australia Treat

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