Australia should calm down on Asia and just build healthy relationships.
Media and politicians react hysterically to even the smallest policy shift out of China. We sweat over the relationship. And if China has any dispute with a neighbour, we want to jump in and offer our advice.
We should just quietly get used to the new reality that China is now the world’s second biggest economy and is about to become the biggest.
And when it comes to India, Australia cannot see beyond divisions and communal unrest. Objectively looking at the numbers will tell us India is a stable, growing economy that in our region will be a close number two to China.
Australians will agonise over whether getting closer to India is a good buffer to China.
Forget it – just get closer to India because that in itself is a good idea. Same for China.
Get over it. Things have changed.
Now – how do we build sensible and quiet relations with China and India – two countries that probably don’t think about Australia too often?