Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed concerns over Trump’s latest move in the Middle East, amid fears of an ISIS resurgence as a result of US withdrawal. The fears have been sparked because the US will relinquish control of a prison camp that has ISIS fighters detained with the help of Kurdish forces. However, Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan has dealt devastating airstrikes on the US-backed militia, leaving it unclear who will take control of ISIS detainees provoking many to fear some will escape. This included Prime Minister Morrison, who said: “We are very concerned about what this could potentially mean for the Kurdish people…we’re concerned about what this could mean for the potential for the resurgence of Daesh (ISIS).”
The policy could throw a wedge between Trump and his allies in Canberra, with his waning credibility on the international stage likely to cause distrust among US diplomatic relations.
This could prove catastrophic for Washington in the South China Sea where Australian military have proven an important helping hand in thwarting Chinese ambitions.
Beijing is displaying regular signs of aggression in the region as President Xi Jinping looks to expand China’s economic and military influence in Asia and beyond.
Despite its alliance with the US, Australia has experienced the overreaching influence of Beijing, with concerns surrounding Chinese influence on foreign policy in Canberra.
It became clear that wealthy Chinese businessmen were donating to political organisations to drive changes in Australia’s policy.
Investigative journalist Nick McKenzie discovered one of these businessmen – Huang Xiangmo – a property tycoon from Guangdong who arrived in Australia in 2011.
An avid supporter of Xi Jinping’s presidency and head of a diplomatic organisation working in Australia on behalf of Beijing, Xiangmo began using his wealth to gain access to Australia’s most important people.
One of those people was the Labor Party’s Sam Dastyari, a frontbencher in Australia’s main opposition party, who played a key role in fundraising.