Scott Morrison China
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The Coalition government went into the election with a “China problem” and, despite Scott Morrison's constant talk of a so-called "reset", it still has one.

Ultimately, Beijing believes that Canberra should be more solicitous of its major trading and exports partner, but Australia is still struggling to find a fresh approach to the country while maintaining its main strategic alliance with the United States. The US is diving deeper into a trade war with China, and any deal seems further off than it was when the Australian election campaign began a month ago.