Paul Keating says Australia's sycophancy to US damaging its own interests

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Former Labor prime minister says there should be greater independence within alliance and South China Sea ‘is not our fight’

Australia’s “client state” obsequiousness towards the US was damaging its own interests and ignoring the rise of China as the nascent “primary economic state of the world”, Paul Keating has argued.

Speaking at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, the former Labor prime minister said the alliance with the US did not mandate slavish devotion to American demands “as the Uriah Heeps of this world” – a reference to Dickens’ fulsome character from David Copperfield.

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