Dougal Robinson – New secretary of state Rex Tillerson is a man Australia can deal with

China Matters Young Professional Dougal Robinson writes in the Australian Financial Review this week regarding new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Mr Robinson believes that Tillerson’s considerable experience in overseas negotiations, knowledge of the region and policy views which are more traditional than much of the new administration will leave him well prepared for the role.

Robinson’s generally positive view of Tillerson is tempered by the observation¬†that¬†“Tillerson and Trump agree on just one major foreign policy issue: they both favour a tougher stance towards China.” He argues that Australia will have to seek to shape Tillerson’s thinking on this issue or find it increasingly difficult to maintain the foreign policy mantra of an “ally in Washington” and a “friend in Beijing.”

Click here to read the complete article in the Australian Financial Review (Paywall)