Australia needed to “pick up the ball and run” with its own regional leadership and defence strategy rather than rely on the United States’ ever increasing erratic foreign policy and eroded power in Asia. That’s the opinion of former US Assistant Secretary for Defence David Shear in a hard-hitting analysis, published by the US Studies Centre ahead of President Donald Trump’s first official trip to Asia next week, in which he warns China’s rise and America’s drop was destabilising the security of the region. The Herald Sun reports.