Bipartisan talks in Taiwan could be ‘a waste of effort’

Curtin University political analyst Professor Joe Syracuse says he’s not sure whether the bipartisan visit to Taiwan is “a good waste of time” and whether it could be “a waste of effort.”

The Taiwan delegation will include former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Labor Party representatives Meryl Swanson and Libby Cocker, and coalition MPs Scott Buchholz, Terry Young and Gavin Pierce.

“For those critics in China who want to beat Australia up, it plays a part in their storytelling,” Mr Syracuse told Sky News Australia.

“For those who are smart enough to ignore it, just let it happen without making a fuss, then it’s probably better.”