Category Archives: International Affairs

KISHORE MAHBUBANI. ASEAN’s quiet resilience (East Asia Forum, 8 December 2019)

ASEAN should have begun to crack and fall apart from the strain of the rising geopolitical rivalries in Asia between the United States and China, if what critics say about its fragility were true. But ASEAN steadily marched through another … Continue reading

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JACK WATERFORD. Chinese checkers in the great game

Active spying need not mean an invasion, or war, is imminent

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PETER RODGERS: Australia’s silence over Israeli settlements

Following the Trump Administration’s shift on the legality of Israeli settlements I wrote the following article for Plus61JMedia. The Morrison Government’s silence on this issue is striking.

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WANNING SUN. China finding its place in the world.

China.  Chinese Australians are feeling the heat, whether they support China or Australia Chinese migration to Australia has always been an essential part of Australian multicultural history. Various diasporic Chinese communities in Australia have played important roles in Australia’s political, … Continue reading

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DAVID WALTON. China finding its place in the world.

 China. Developing Its Border Relations The twin concerns in Australia about the People’s Republic of China (PRC), relating to increased economic dependency and tensions over politico/security policy, are common throughout the Asia Pacific region.  

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BRIAN TOOHEY. Reports of China spies and takeover plots are fanciful (SMH 5.12.2019)

Wildly exaggerated intelligence warnings about communist influence are not new in Australia. A US naval intelligence officer who was posted as an attache to the American embassy in the late 1940s, Stephen Jurika, reported back to Washington that communism was … Continue reading

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YINGJIE GUO. China finding its place in the world.

How Chinese National Identity Impacts Relations with Australia. What is most striking about Chinese national identity is its stability in the pre-modern past and its fluidity in the modern era. Its dramatic transformation since the mid-19th century is part of … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Pearls and Irritations China Series.

What, why and how China Spying. Lobbying. Corruption. Debt trap diplomacy. It seems Australia’s relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have sunk to an all-time low. It is therefore all the more important to understand that country. Criticisms … Continue reading

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GIDEON LEVY. The Contract on Corbyn (Haaretz 28-11-19)

Corbyn is not an anti-Semite. His real sin is to fight against injustice in the world, including the version Israel perpetrates.

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ABUL RIZVI: Asylum Applications from China and Malaysia

Government has argued the surge in asylum applications from Chinese and Malaysian citizens is just part of normal growth in the caseload (see here). Nothing could be further from the truth. The surge is entirely the result of poor policy … Continue reading

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY. Back to basics for Pope at huge Tokyo Mass (UCA News 25-11-19)

Francis warns against the consumerism and isolation that wealthy societies can create

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JOHN CARLIN. The New Normal

Recently, President Trump was convicted and fined $2m for stealing $2.8m from a charity meant for war veterans. No one batted an eyelid. Boris Johnson continues to lie and the same thing happens. Now, in Spain, Vox, the Francoist Party … Continue reading

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CAMERON LECKIE. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons: Corrupted!

Two whistle-blowers from the world’s chemical weapon watchdog raise serious concerns about the impartiality of the OPCW. The whistle-blowers indicate that the findings of the OPCWs report into the alleged 2018 Douma chemical weapons incident do not align with the … Continue reading

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ANTHONY MILNER. Delicate diplomacy: Australia needs to understand its neighbours better (The Strategist, 26 November 2019)

Scott Morrison likes using the phrase ‘delicate moment in time’ to describe the international dynamics Australia is now faced with. It’s a time to build friendships on many fronts, as the government understands well. But the task is challenging—even in … Continue reading

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BENZI GOPSTEIN: Burning Christian churches in Israel justified ( Palestine Post 19-11-19)

The rabbi said he is ready to spend 50 years in prison for burning a church.

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RAMESH THAKUR. Is India still committed to its no-first-use nuclear policy? (The Strategist 11-11-19)

On 16 August, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hinted that India might abandon its no-first-use policy: ‘Till today, our nuclear policy is “no first use”. What happens in future depends on the circumstances.’

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STUART REES- Israelization Of More Than Water in NSW

On November 21, the Zionist Federation of Australia awarded the Jerusalem Prize to the Prime Minister for his friendship and support of Israel. Scott Morrison used the occasion to praise the Israeli government and repeat his attacks on the deliberations … Continue reading

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GIDEON LEVY. No one in Israel knew they were committing a massacre, and they didn’t care

The bomber pilot didn’t know. His commanders who gave him the orders also didn’t know. The defence minister and the commander in chief didn’t know. Nor did the commander of the air force. The intelligence officers who aimed at the … Continue reading

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CAMERON DOUGLAS. Court bans Thai military opponent

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has banned as an MP the leader of a new and successful political party that opposes the military and the current prime minister. It could turn out to be step 1 in ending his political career.

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MICHAEL CLARKE. Some Context on Xinjiang

 Gregory Clark has claimed that we “badly” need more “context” on the situation in Xinjiang before criticising the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Clark’s claim both ignores the weight of evidence as to the nature and scale of Beijing’s repression in … Continue reading

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RAMESH THAKUR. The invisibility of Asian–Australians is a national scandal. The silence on this scandal is a disgrace

As I read through the opinion articles in The Canberra Times and The Australian on Saturday 9 November, I grew increasingly exasperated at the total absence of any Asian voice. I then did an online search of opinion articles in … Continue reading

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ALI KAZAK. The UN exposes Australia’s shameful votes on the Israeli occupation.

The UN General Assembly’s decolonization committee, which includes all 193 member states, on Friday 15th November 2019 adopted eight resolutions condemning Israel’s occupation and violations against the Palestinians,  its repressive measures against Syrian citizens in the Golan Heights, renewed the … Continue reading

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GEOFF RABY.  Beijing’s Own Goal on Hastie and Johnson (Australian Financial Review, 21 November 2019)

These days there is never a dull moment in Australia-China relations.  After a seeming slight thaw with the recent meeting between Prime Minister Morrison and Premier LI Keqiang in Thailand on the margins of the recent ASEAN meeting, Beijing has … Continue reading

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YASMIN KHAN. The Raj at War: A People’s History of India’s Second World War

Britain didn’t fight the second world war — the British empire did.  Had it not been for the empire, Britain might have lost the second world war, says William Dalrymple. The war certainly lost Britain the empire. 

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CAVAN HOGUE. Hong Kong – Students and police

The current situation is Hong Kong is depressing as both police and protesters blame the other and both engage in violence. There is no sign of reconciliation and the future looks bleak whatever happens. Recession is serious. This report is … Continue reading

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GEOFF RABY. Beijing’s Winning Hand in Hong Kong

Far from Hong Kong being a negative and putting Xi under pressure, as is commonly believed by most foreign commentators, including myself, the ongoing disturbance and violence have achieved two things for the Communist Party: fatal damage within China to … Continue reading

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WANNING SUN. New research shows Chinese migrants don’t always side with China and are ha ppy to promote Australia

The Australian government has indicated that “diaspora communities” are crucial to Australia’s public diplomacy mission to promote the country abroad. It has also identified online and social media as essential “public diplomacy tools”.

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ALI ABUNIMAH. EU’s top court upholds right to boycott Israeli settlement goods (the Electronic Intifada, 12 November 2019)

EU’s top court rules that consumers have a right to know if goods they buy come from Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land in violation of international law. The European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that goods from … Continue reading

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GREGORY CLARK- WE badly need some context on Xinjiang.

Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne: “I have previously raised Australia’s strong concerns about reports of mass detentions of Uighurs in Xinjiang. These disturbing reports today reinforce Australia’s view and we reiterate those concerns.Australian politicians have traditionally had a hard time … Continue reading

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PAUL KEATING. Australia’s security agencies and ‘pious’ media lead the anti-China rhetoric

Former PM Paul Keating has accused institutions of failing to grasp the magnitude of shifting power in the Asia Pacific and has warned Australia’s approach to China has been supplanted by the phobias of security agencies and the hysteria of … Continue reading

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