Here we look at the relations with the two countries post 9/11 attacks and then we try to mention how relations affect the policy makers of Australia.
Before making a SWOT and PEST analysis on the whole scenario leading to US and China relations and subsequent impact on Australia, lets give a brief introduction the present day scenario of relations between US and China. Here one thing to note is that the relations between these countries post September 11 attack on World Trade Center is significant (Christensen Thomas, 2003). It is known that the relations between these countries were not in bright terms when the Bush Jr took over the office in 2000 and from 9/11 till his re-term in 2004; situation was not that great to make an impact over the bilateral relations between the countries. Later in 2002 and 2003, we see that both USA and china work closely on various international issues like North Korean Crisis and Taiwan issue (Friedberg Aaron 2002). This shift in the whole scenario and so called honeymoon period has started from September 2002 and has continued to flow even during the re-term. There is deeper understanding of social, political factors which we will discuss now. One thing is that it the whole honeymoon relationship between US and China can be real benefit to Australia. ...
Major relationship improvement between two countries
One important thing, which can benefit USA from the relationship, is the renewed improvement in relations between two countries. Even though Beijing has been reticent and hesitant regarding its relationship with USA post 9/11, its cooperation with USA in matters dealing with International Terrorism has been remarkable. This can be attributed by the fact that Beijing has started giving out information to Washington regarding Islamic activities, it thus initiated intelligence sharing activities, it allowed FBI to set up an office in Beijing and allowed itself to participate in rehabilitation of Afghanistan. These actions are enough to give an idea that relations between the two countries could go in the history as an important event and that these relations could help both the countries (Christensen Thomas, 2003).
2. Chinese attempts to improve the ties between the countries
One significant advantage that USA has in order to gain foothold in business relationship with China is the Chinese attempt to continue friendship with USA even though the ideologies of the two countries are vastly different. China did not like the USA invasion of Iraq but at the same it did not oppose to the situation. It was Beijing long term plan to keep the friendship between the two countries.
3 North Korean crises
Korean Crisis actually brings these nations on the same plane as both the nations are apprehensive of nuclear program of North Korea. China because of the regional implications and USA because of the global shift which the program can cause and hence the relations between them can improve and thus Korean crisis could prove as a major strength in the whole analysis.
1 Difference in ideologies