In the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union, where a controversial and fragile “deep and special” relationship with the UK is still in place, a diplomatic supercomputer with a thirst for insight into a similar situation was developed by two Australia’s best known thinkers and experts.

“One of the smartest insights I’ve ever gleaned was that there is a strong and enduring strategic link between the US and Asia,” says programmer Michael Bay. “If the US wants to keep the world a more peaceful and cohesive place, to maintain the integrity of its alliances and interests in the region and beyond, it needs more allies than it had in Britain or now.”

Speaking at the Mosman Show on Monday, Bay said a key factor in maintaining a strong partnership between Australia and the US was the “relative collapse of the European state.” In some respects, he says, there were an obvious results of this collapse—the lowest level of relations between the US and Europe ever, as well as a huge decline in economic prosperity and an increase in populism.

“But then you also begin to see this massive economic boom in Asia,” he says. “That speaks well to the ascendance of the Chinese—and one might say that China will add enormous, far-reaching powers to a world economy that is still growing.”

To counter this, Americans must embrace the greater openness and openness in China and elsewhere, explains Bay. He says that the US can now more quickly connect Asia to Europe—by opening its borders to open commerce—because that’s what it has been doing for much of its history.

“If you look at this continent,” he says, “you can see that it is an incredible opportunity. It’s filled with promise. But I’m hesitant to under-estimate its potential. A lot of the things that have happened the last few years have a counterpoint. It’s been a slow, delicate balancing act, waiting for the foundation of a new era of openness.”

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