“Australia has been a target for U.S. reassurance after China drastically reduced purchases of Australian coal, wine and other goods following Canberra’s call for a global investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

“One idea, said Daniel Russel, a former top Asia official in the Bush and Obama administrations, would be to form an informal ‘mutual aid society’ to purchase Australian exports. ‘They’re making an example of the Australians and for that reason alone the United States can’t afford to let that experiment be successful,’ said Mr. Russel…”

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