Category Archives: Asia

WILLIAM PESEK. Toyota driving into a fierce economic storm.

What GM used to be to America, Toyota is to Japan: a weathervane for macro trends. On Friday, the carmaker admitted it is downhill from now.

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ANTHONY PUN. The Battle for Indo-Pacific.

China is surrounded by at least 16 countries, some with common borders and territorial disputes with her. Japanese PM’s proposal in 2005 to form a Quad alliance (US, Australia, India and Japan) is seen by China as the introduction of … Continue reading

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SCOTT BURCHILL. Syria – a few definitive outcomes.

As the war in Syria grinds towards some kind of resolution, it is possible to say a few definitive things about what is going on in the region and the role of external players.

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AMITENDU PALIT. Does Australia need a lesson in Indian economic strategy?

The recently released Indian Economic Strategy to 2035 report outlines three core objectives for improving the Australia–India economic relationship. These include making India one of Australia’s top three export markets by 2035, making India the third-largest Asian recipient of Australian foreign direct … Continue reading

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‘Matter of death and life’: Espionage in East Timor and Australia’s diplomatic bungle (Lateline, 26.11.15)

East Timor’s most senior leaders have accused Australia of committing a crime and acting immorally after a spying scandal that rocked the relationship between the two countries.

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GEOFF RABY. An Australian-ASEAN Hedging Strategy on China

Australia’s diplomacy in recent years can at best be described as underwhelming, if not at times inimical to Australia’s national interests.  In March, however, the presence of ASEAN Heads of Government in Australia, meeting at Prime Minister Turnbull’s initiative, was … Continue reading

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ANTHONY PUN. The Battle for the South Pacific.

The Battle for the South Pacific is on! China is already in Australia’s backyard, the South Pacific, wooing and cultivating friends with soft power.  As part of China BRI initiative, Chinese investment with the South Pacific nations totalled US 1.78 billion … Continue reading

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ELAINE PEARSON. Cambodia’s ‘dirty dozen’ have no place in Australia.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s crackdown on dissent is in full swing ahead of national elections later this month. But who are the generals around Hun Sen who act like a praetorian guard protecting him and the ruling party, helping … Continue reading

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ROSS GARNAUT. The Future of Chinese Economic Growth.

At any level of development in any country, but especially from upper-middle incomes, growth momentum can be broken by adverse developments of several kinds. 

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VINCENT CHEOK. Understanding China and the Chinese – An Australian Perspective – Part 2.

America First is not necessarily Australia First. That is, leaving aside the biological or human tendencies to be ‘tribal’ or sectarian etc, in my opinion, the Australian perspective, mindset and psyche as to how China and the Chinese are viewed … Continue reading

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PATRICK LAWRENCE. What’s going to happen when Assad wins the war in Syria? (Asian Times, 17.07.18)

Given the unexpected pace of events in recent weeks, the end of Syria’s seven-year agony appears to be very near. It is now all but certain that Bashar al-Assad’s government will win its long war against Sunni jihadists and their … Continue reading

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PEPE ESCOBAR. China’s silky charming of Arabia (Asian Times, 11.07.18)

President Xi Jinping has promised more than $23 billion in loans and aid to Arab states, as Beijing ramps up ties with the Middle East; this includes aid for Palestine; Beijing foresees importing a whopping $8 trillion from Arab states … Continue reading

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GEOFF RABY. Lessons from China’s 40 years of reform – a very personal reflection

 I am delighted to have been asked to open this conference [the China Economists’  Conference] which is occurring on the 40th Anniversary of the launching of China’s reforms and open-door policies, policies that have changed China and the world.

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KARL WILSON with Steve FitzGerald – Opening-up: The view from down under (China Daily 12/07/18)

Stephen FitzGerald (right) and former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam meet Chairman Mao Zedong on Nov 2, 1973, in Beijing. Australia’s first ambassador to the People’s Republic of China reflects on decades of transformation Editor’s note: This year marks the … Continue reading

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HANKYOREH EDITORIAL. President Moon’s vision for peace and prosperity after denuclearization

In a “Singapore Lecture” during the final day of his state visit to Singapore on July 13, President Moon Jae-in outlined his vision for an inter-Korean economic community and peace on the Korean Peninsula. It could be seen as his … Continue reading

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GAURAB SHUMSHER THAPA. China and Nepal reach across the Himalayan divide (Asia Times 6/7/2018)

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit to China last month was closely watched by both domestic and international observers.  

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BOB CARR. Get-tough rhetoric has denied us any sway with Beijing (AFR, 10/07/18)

As foreign minister I recall an irritating flare-up in our relations with one of the Pacific states. There had been a “misunderstanding” at Sydney airport that upset the island state’s prime minister. The anger ran strong and the state contemplated a big anti-Australian … Continue reading

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‘Being Muslim’ lifestyle sweeps Indonesia (La Croix International, 07/07/18)

Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp is claiming a first in Indonesia — halal refrigerators — after the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) granted the manufacturer halal status. It’s the latest indication that Islam is being commoditized in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

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PETER DRYSALE AND SHIRO ARMONSTRONG. Getting Australia’s geopolitical and economic strategies aligned (Australian Financial Review, 08/07/18)

Australia, it has been said, is faced with hard choices in strategic policy because its principal security partner is the United States and its major trading partner, China. By defining Australia’s national interest comprehensively where both China and the United … Continue reading

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TOM HUSSAIN. In Pakistan’s currency crisis, China is the problem and the solution. (South China Morning Post 7/7/2018)

Having racked up unsustainable bills in supporting Beijing’s infrastructure master plan, Islamabad is bailed out by China to the tune of US$1 billion – leaving it more dependent than ever on its ‘all-weather ally’.  

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BERTIL LINTNER. As Trump turns away, China gains in Myanmar (Asia Times 4/7/2018)

US leader has left predecessor Obama’s engagement policy to wilt on the vine, giving Beijing an opening to renew its trade and security agendas Does US President Donald Trump have a distinct policy towards Myanmar, and if so how does … Continue reading

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BHIM BHURTEL. India’s myopic ‘muscular’ neighborhood policy (Asia Times 2/7/2018)

Despite one “muscular diplomatic” debacle after another, India has been unrelenting in its bullying attitude toward its small and weak neighbors. India is imposing another economic blockade on a third South Asian country, Maldives.  

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ANDREW SALMON. South Korea unveils plan for N Korean economic enrichment (Asia Times 3/7/2018)

Ideas for the North’s development and regional integration, while ripe with promise, face obstacles and remain dependent on the US and denuclearization South Korea presented its master plan for North Korean economic cooperation to the public last week, laying forth … Continue reading

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RICHARD A. BITZINGER. US, China cash in on Asia’s growing appetite for arms.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has just released its data on the global arms trade for 2017, and it is big news for Asia as a whole, and for China and the United States in particular.

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RAMESH THAKUR. Australia and the Quad (The Strategist)

On 18 January, admirals from Australia, India, Japan and the US sat together on stage at the high-profile Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi. Their presence reflected the shared strategic assessment that China has become a disruptive force in the Indo-Pacific. … Continue reading

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MACK WILLIAMS. Korea: what should Australia be doing?

While the pace of media reports about the Korean Peninsular has slowed a little since the Singapore Summit there has been much going on – in public and under wraps. Skepticism about the North’s commitment to the core issue of … Continue reading

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DENNIS ARGALL. A comparison of the DPRK now with China in the early 1970s

Public discussion of issues relating to North Korea and détente with the United States is largely deprived of any sense of history — unstudied or seen through prisms by the lawyers, commerce graduates and high priests of strategic analysis who … Continue reading

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DAVID KANG. Reasons to be optimistic about North Korea (East Asia Forum)

There has been a torrent of whining about the Trump–Kim summit. Critics are calling it little more than a photo opportunity for a dictator, and claim that nothing was agreed while North Korea’s horrific human rights abuses were overlooked. Sceptics … Continue reading

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WILLIAM GRIMM. Japanese fans’ shocking behavior at World Cup games.

Fans cleaning the stadium after matches they attend is an example of how one must be conscious of the convenience of those around.

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Australian laws should avoid hurting China.(Global Times China)

Australia has benefitted greatly from its relations with China, but has since begun to censor almost all the factors that have contributed to the benefits, and has interpreted its relations with China in the most negative way. Such actions by … Continue reading

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