Tag Archives: China

GEOFF MILLER. Shangri-la and AUSMIN—assertions, contradictions and questions.

Prime Minister Turnbull’s keynote speech last weekend at the Shangri-la security dialogue in Singapore contained many strong assertions, but also contradictions. It also raised, and left unanswered, some big questions. 

Posted in Defence/Security, Foreign Affairs | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

CHRISTIAN DOWNIE. Time for China and Europe to lead, as Trump dumps the Paris climate deal

President Donald Trump’s announcement overnight that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement comes as no surprise.  

Posted in Climate change, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

RAMESH THAKUR. Is the sun setting on the US imperium?

China is on the march to a dominant military footprint while American policy lacks strategic intent.

Posted in Defence/Security, Foreign Affairs | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on RAMESH THAKUR. Is the sun setting on the US imperium?

ALISON BROINOWSKI. What Australian Foreign Policy?

Insider, analyst and adviser Allan Gyngell finds that Australian defence and foreign policy are more bipartisan than ever. But even as Australia’s national security agenda metastesizes, we have more to fear from an unreliable ally and an increasingly lawless world. … Continue reading

Posted in Defence/Security, Foreign Affairs, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

RAMESH THAKUR. Between tragedy and farce in the Korean peninsula

The world’s options on North Korea can be summarised as bad (strategic patience), worse (growing strategic impatience), and worst (military strikes).  

Posted in Defence/Security, Foreign Affairs | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on RAMESH THAKUR. Between tragedy and farce in the Korean peninsula

From the American Challenge to the Chinese Challenge?

The unfolding Western effort to preach to the Chinese and paint a picture of a shining and benign America and contrasting that with a threatening and malign picture of China is, among other things, a complete distortion of the historical … Continue reading

Posted in Defence/Security, Foreign Affairs | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

CHRISTIAN DOWNIE. Why China and Europe should form the world’s most powerful ‘climate bloc’.

  Filling the void created by Donald Trump! It seems almost certain that US President-elect Donald Trump will walk away from the Paris climate agreement next year. In the absence of US leadership, the question is: who will step up? … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Economy, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

TONY KEVIN. Trumpageddon? Not quite …. not yet.

  Trump’s victory speech said all the right things. No talk now of putting Hillary in jail. On the contrary: gracious tribute for her hard-fought campaign. And promises to heal wounds, to be a president for all Americans. And new … Continue reading

Posted in Defence/Security, Foreign Affairs | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

RAMESH THAKUR. The slide to war with Russia.

‘God created war so Americans could learn geography’ (1) On 3 October, taking another step on the road to a new cold war, Russia suspended the 16-year bilateral plutonium disposition agreement with the US. Are the two countries sleepwalking into … Continue reading

Posted in Defence/Security, Foreign Affairs, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

JOSEPH CAMILLERI. The election of Hillary Clinton promises a more dangerous world.

In a long and often exasperating presidential campaign, Americans and the world have been subjected to Donald Trump’s odious and often incoherent rhetoric, and from both sides much vitriol and endless accusations of deceit, crookedness and sexual misconduct. In this … Continue reading

Posted in Defence/Security, Foreign Affairs, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on JOSEPH CAMILLERI. The election of Hillary Clinton promises a more dangerous world.

MARK BEESON. Crown: the trials of a tributary state.

Of all the indicators of Australia’s evolving relationship with China, Crown Casino’s current problems are some of the most striking, unexpected and revealing. They present an unflattering but painfully accurate vignette of this country’s increasingly dependent relationship with the People’s … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Vested Interests | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on MARK BEESON. Crown: the trials of a tributary state.

JOHN FITZGERALD. Beijing’s Guoqing versus Australia’s way of life.

Beijing’s role in the Chinese community media in Australia is increasingly in conflict with its own demand for respect. Beijing is tired of foreign analysts criticising China simply for being what it is. A former Chinese ambassador to Australia, Fu … Continue reading

Posted in Australia and Asia, Education, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Media | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

STEPHEN FITZGERALD. China’s deepening engagement in Australian society: is it a concern?

  The PRC government’s influence in domestic Australia – long active but not altogether visible or much remarked – is now emerging as a big, contentious and potentially disruptive issue in the relationship, and a thorny one for policy-makers. In … Continue reading

Posted in Australia and Asia, Defence/Security, Foreign Affairs, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on STEPHEN FITZGERALD. China’s deepening engagement in Australian society: is it a concern?

MICHAEL McKINLEY. The unmooring of our national defence from our national interest. Part 3 of 4.

Australia is currently courting offence rather than, as governments so often assert, defence – a transformation which might only charitably be attributed to absent mindedness if the alternative, stealth, is excluded. It is, moreover, a change wrought, in the first … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on MICHAEL McKINLEY. The unmooring of our national defence from our national interest. Part 3 of 4.

Michael Sainsbury. Will China’s crackdown save or sink the Communist Party?

In launching an investigation into former security chief Zhou Yongkang, Chinese President Xi Jinping has entered uncharted and possibly dangerous territory. It not only raises the stakes for Xi’s increasingly iron fisted rule, but also for the Communist Party itself. … Continue reading

Posted in Australia and Asia, Foreign Affairs, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Michael Sainsbury. Will China’s crackdown save or sink the Communist Party?