Just before the launch of Professor Hugh White's book, The China Choice, Professor Anatol Lieven spoke to him about some of the issues raised in the book. Click here for parts 1 and 2.

In the third part of their conversation, Lieven asks White what role Australia can play in avoiding catastrophic war in Asia. White warns that there is a genuine risk that Australia will unthinkingly follow historical precedent since we have always had a Western power protecting us in the Pacific. However, it would be folly to assume we always will. He envisages a more active role for Australia in influencing the US towards a more conciliatory policy in Asia.