Some daily newspapers and online news feeds are becoming quite antsy in their reporting of the US election. There is frustration that the Trump administration is not actively assisting in the 'transition' into the White House.
I am not sure whether the Democrat party and the mainstream media are dense, obtuse, or a combination of the two. They clearly are reading their own script, and paying no attention to what is going on around them.
President Trump has not, and is not about to concede defeat. Accordingly, he's not about to assist Mr Biden into the White House. Someone really should explain that to them. There is work to be done before this is settled. Pretending to not understand is not a good look for someone aiming to be the next president.
Murray McPhie, Epsom
A RETHINK ON CHINA
It would appear Australia's intelligence, security and military establishments have taken control of our foreign policy towards China. Legitimate domestic policy discussion is cast increasingly in terms of being for or against the national interest and supporting or undermining Australia's security.
People who argue for greater balance in policies towards China are attacked as being somehow unpatriotic. Australia must be friends with China and allies with the US and our standard of living depends upon it.
For a long time relations with China were good. The downward spiral appears to have started in 2008 with former PM Kevin Rudd lecturing students on human rights at Beijing University in Mandarin. Julie Bishop as foreign Minister continued the lecturing. In the Chinese view the latest Morrison comments continued the theme.
China is looking to Australia as a source of clean food but must be concerned at our lack of investment in water and other infrastructure. A good starting point.
China is 40 per cent of all our exports and somehow we need to find a way to make things work rather than try to divide, allowing for our philosophical and cultural differences.
We should take a more nuanced approach.
Canberra also needs to get real with calls to diversify. You can't just switch off one market and go to another. It takes a long period of time.
Michael McKenzie, Strathdale
This week's Letter of the Week winner is Ivan Kitt, from North Bendigo
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