China is not ignoring Australia as it sets about getting a march on the severely injured USA. A senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Zhou Yongkang yesterday met with Stephen Smith. "Australia is one of the earliest Western countries to forge diplomatic relationship with China," Zhou told Smith, noting the two were important countries in the Asia-Pacific region.(They met in WA so maybe that is China's definition of Australia!!)
Smith raved on about how Australia and China enjoyed extensive political, economic and cultural foundations and how the frequent high level visits injected a new vitality into bilateral relations.Part of the rave suggested that the Australian government has always adhered to the one-China policy and believed mutual trust and respect contributed to the rapid growth of bilateral ties.
Hmm!! wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that President Obama is an Atlantic man rather than a Pacific one. Watch the China/ Australian relationship grow.