In the early part of the 2000s, Australia sought a middle path between
its traditional ally, the U.S., and China, an increasingly powerful
neighbor. This culminated in 2015, with the signing of a free trade
agreement. Ties have deteriorated since. Above, Chinese Commerce
Minister Gao Hucheng and Australian Trade and Investment Minister
Andrew Robb sign the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in
Canberra on June 17, 2015, witnessed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Australia is an...