Tag Archives: China and the US

GEOFF MILLER. The Asia-Pacific: Busy Times, Big Choices

A number of recent, current and in prospect events emphasise the importance of clear thinking in regard to Australia’s policy stances in the Asia-Pacific. They include the Trump Administration’s warming to China (despite pre-election rhetoric) especially in regard to trade, … Continue reading

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MACK WILLIAMS. South China Sea: China taps in the last nail!

It is now clear for all to see that the only potential US “ally” for any US confrontation in the region could be Australia. China has successfully wedged the ASEAN’s in through their common concern that it would be them … Continue reading

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WALTER HAMILTON. The Sideline is Out of Play

‘Taking sides’ is a schoolyard conception of how a nation’s strategic interest is to be calculated and diplomacy shaped. Standing on the sidelines of a fight, pointing an accusing finger at other barracking spectators and crying ‘you’re taking sides’ is … Continue reading

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MICHAELSAINSBURY. Xi who must be obeyed

Already China is prodding at the U.S. at this delicate time when it is shifting administrations, testing the waters, as it were with its capture of an underwater drone not far from the Philippines this week. Internally, he faces the … Continue reading

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Richard Woolcott. The burning question – should Australia do more on the South China Sea?

My clear response is ‘No!’ China, as a major trading nation, now has the same rights as the US to protect its maritime and air approaches to its mainland.  Australia should avoid provocative statements and actions at sea or in … Continue reading

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