Tag Archives: South China Sea

NICK DEANE. Reflecting on Troubled Waters. South China Sea

  The dispute in the South China Sea should not, legitimately, involve Australia. We are only involved because we have such close military ties with the United States. War between the US and China is not inevitable, but dangerous, military … Continue reading

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RICHARD WOOLCOTT. The South China Sea, China, Philippines, Australia and the US.

I was surprised the Opposition did not differentiate itself from the Australian Coalition Government’s strong  support for the US and the Philippine position on the South China Sea issue. It can be argued that it was misleading to state in … Continue reading

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Jon Stanford. French submarines and the East and South China Seas. – why?

A response to Richard Broinowski.  While the government might emphasise the roles for the new submarine that may be regarded as defensive – “intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance” – Richard Broinowski ignores perhaps the most important role, namely power projection in … Continue reading

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Richard Woolcott. Australia/China and Barracuda submarines.

It seems that one of the important roles for the new Barracuda submarines that we are to purchase from the French is for the submarines to be able to operate at long-range in the South China Sea. Quite apart from … Continue reading

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Richard Broinowski. Australia’s maritime espionage

According to The Australian’s defence editor Brendan Nicholson, an Australian submarine twice penetrated the Cam Ranh Bay naval base in Vietnam in 1985. Nicholson’s claim appeared in an article in the newspaper on 27 April 2016 analysing Canberra’s decision to … Continue reading

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Jon Stanford and Michael Keating. the mistaken decision on submarines.

The government has made a bad decision on acquiring the future submarines (FSMs). It’s bad for the Navy, bad for the taxpayer and it represents a major regression in terms of industry policy. It’s bad for the Navy because in … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Defence White Paper. US, China and Barracuda – class submarines.

Rather than acquiring military off-the-shelf (MOTS) submarines, the Australian government has committed us to the French submarine that will be built to Australian specifications. It will be a ‘unique’ build, non-nuclear and very expensive The Defence Minister says that the … Continue reading

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Mark Beeson. Australia still hasn’t had the debate on why we even need new submarines.

Australia is about to make its biggest-ever investment in military hardware. Although we don’t know yet whether Germany, France or Japan will be awarded the contract to build our 12 new submarines, it is possible to make a few confident … Continue reading

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Geoff Miller. Managing or containing China.

Australia, China, the South China Sea – and the uses of language. Recent reports published in both Australia and the US—including most notably in our case the Defence White Paper—and a series of visitors to Australia from China, the US … Continue reading

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Richard Broinowski. Australia and the South China Sea

A tangled web of territorial claims threatens stability in the South China Sea. The figures appear rubbery, but a consensus is that Philippines occupies seven islands and reefs, Malaysia five, China eight and Taiwan one. Vietnam occupies twenty seven. There … Continue reading

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Garry Woodard. Should Australia do more on the South China Sea?

No. The Prime Minister’s statement in regards to the Middle East that this is not the time for gestures or machismo applies in spades to what we do in the South China Sea. Australia should act prudently and, though some … Continue reading

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Jon Stanford. Technology, economics and Australia’s future submarine. Part 1 of 3

  Part 1: Technology risk Introduction The most important acquisition included in the government’s Defence White Paper, released in February 2016, is the decision to procure twelve new submarines for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). With an acquisition cost of … Continue reading

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Sam Bateman. Defence White Paper and the China threat.

Australia’s flawed position on the South China Sea Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper says a lot about the South China Sea, both directly and indirectly. It expresses concern about land reclamation and construction activities by claimants in the sea and … 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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Richard Butler. Nuclear North Korea: Profound and Dangerous Hypocrisy  

During the last 10 years, North Korea has resigned its membership of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and conducted four nuclear test explosions. It claimed that the latest of these, detected four days ago, was of a hydrogen (fission-fusion) … Continue reading

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Richard Woolcott. Australia’s role is in our region.

There is no doubt that Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to Indonesia and his and Lucy’s contacts with President Jakowi and his wife have very substantially improved the situation between Indonesia and Australia that existed before Malcolm’s visit. The most recent and … Continue reading

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Walter Hamilton. The Great Wall in the South China Sea

As Australians enter the end-of-year ‘doze zone’ they would do well to take time to watch a report, available online, prepared by the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, which lifts the curtain on China’s bid to permanently militarise the South China Sea. … Continue reading

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Sam Bateman. US muddle in South China Sea.

Strong calls continue to be made in Washington for the US Navy to increase its freedom of navigation (FON) activities in the South China Sea. This is despite apparent differences of view between the Pentagon and the White House about … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. When elephants fight, kangaroos can be trampled.

Current Affairs The growing tension in the South China Sea poses a number of problems for Australia. We want to ensure that our access through these important waterway and air routes are not impeded but we want to do so … Continue reading

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Wiryono Sastrohandoyo. The new Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

​Joko Widodo is an upright, decent and honourable person. It is the general feeling in Indonesia that his election is a victory for the Indonesian people and the generally peaceful election process. This is a sign of the growing maturity … Continue reading

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