Melbourne University Professor Michael Wesley says the prime minister is “aligning himself” with Joe Biden’s foreign policy agenda by insisting liberal democracies need to cooperate more intensively than they have in three decades.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the comments during a major foreign policy speech ahead of his trip to the United Kingdom for the G7+ talks with other world leaders.
Mr Morrison said “an active cooperation among like-minded countries and Liberal democracies, not seen for 30 years” was required to maximise regional and global stability.
“This is the new agenda isn’t it, it’s very much speaking to Joe Biden’s agenda,” Professor Wesley
told Sky News.
“You’ll remember in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign he made a number of really kind of keynote speeches around his foreign policy approach and he was calling very much on a coalition of democracies.
“He said that he would bring together a coalition of democracies early in his presidency, so it looks like the prime minister’s picked up on that language and is very much aligning himself with President Biden”.
Professor Wesley said it was very interesting to see the extension partners which had been invited to the G7 summit were all democracies and pointed out it was important to also have allies among non-democratic countries.