Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned other nations may "call the shots" in Asia should the US retreat into isolationism under President Donald Trump.
Ms Bishop says Asian nations want to see increased US leadership in the region In her speech,
In a speech to be delivered in Los Angeles, Ms Bishop will claim most Asian nations want to see more US leadership in the region despite concerns about tensions in the South China Sea.
"Australia is concerned about continued construction and militarisation of disputed features in the South China Sea, in particular the pace and scale of China's activities," Ms Bishop said.
Julie Bishop calls on US to increase role in region, raises concerns over South China Sea - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Trump: Australia urged to increase influence over US on key national security concerns
By political reporter Henry Belot
Posted 20 Jan 2017, 1:11pm
Key points from report:
Calls for Australia to reframe its engagement with the US and focus on the national interest
Urges Government to strenghten security ties with other nations in the region
Says Australia could be expected to contribute more to US military activities
Researchers at the Australian National University's National Security College believe US foreign policy will become unpredictable under Mr Trump and have urged Australians to avoid "complacency and panic".
"Security competitors will severely test US resolve and power while allies will seek to hedge against US unpredictability and against Chinese or Russian power," the report said.