Category Archives: World Affairs

What should Australia do to manage risk in its relationship with the PRC? (China Matters 26.6.20)

The biggest challenge facing Australia’s strategic policy is to help craft a new strategic equilibrium in the Indo-Pacific. It must reflect the reality of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) economic and strategic weight.

Posted in China Series, Politics | Leave a comment

A ‘yellow peril’ revival fuelling Western fears of China’s rise (East Asia Forum 5.6.2019) REPOST

Most Western portrayals of China’s emergence as a great power lack balance. They tend to highlight negative dimensions of China’s rise but omit the positive dimensions.

Posted in China Series, Politics | Leave a comment

The mainstream media fails on Australia’s foreign policy

Our media avoids any discussion or analysis of the literally hundreds of United States military bases that are situated in proximity to China, and similarly the hundreds of military bases aimed at “containing” Russia.

Posted in Asia, Politics | Leave a comment

Neoliberalism and corporate plunder of India (Part 1/2)

Dalrymple’s The Anarchy is about the East India Company, its strategies, artifice, grand corruption, and the consequences of unbridled corporate greed; an account acutely relevant today. Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Affairs | Leave a comment

Canberra Shuffles its China Briefcase to decouple,rather than improve relations.

After more than half a year’s delay, Foreign Minister Maryse Payne has announced the appointment of a new Chair of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, Ms Pru Bennett, a senior advisor to the global strategic advisory Brunswick Group.

Posted in China Series, Politics | Leave a comment

Pathological philanthropy in the Australia-US Alliance

With confirmed coronavirus cases in excess of two million, the number of new, confirmed cases across the country approaching 45,000 per day for most of the last ten weeks, and resultant deaths in excess of 126,000 (and climbing), the decisions … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Affairs | Leave a comment

Habemus Taoiseach: Ireland has a new government at last

Last Friday evening, as white smoke wafted from the chimney above Ireland’s parliament building, Leinster House in Dublin, the Ceann Comhairle (Speaker) came out onto the steps and announced to the assembled throng in Kildare Street, ‘Habemus Taoiseach’ (We have … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Affairs | Leave a comment

The Myth of Chinese Money in Australia

Fears amongst the Australian public of China buying up the country run deep. Opportunistic politicians and commentators have long shown a willingness to tap into this unease to boost their own following.

Posted in China Series, Politics | Leave a comment

ABC sending a strange message to the region.

The slashing and burning of ABC workers, their goodies and services seems to have missed the overseas TV service ABC Australia. That’s no reason to whoop. Further cuts will kill.

Posted in Asia, Media | Leave a comment

West Bank annexation – ‘Another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism ’?

It is an anxious time for an unlikely combination of Benjamin Netanyahu and the publishers of world atlases and gazetteers. Will they have to pulp existing supplies because of his intentions? Or will he fail for a change and save … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Affairs | Leave a comment

Why Australia needs to join global condemnation of Israel’s annexation plans (SMH 25.6.20)

As early as next week, Israel proposes to forcibly annex up to a third of the Palestinian West Bank, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it “another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism”.

Posted in Politics, World Affairs | Leave a comment

Australian Soaps to the Pacific – Good Diplomacy?

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched an initiative to send commercial (soaps) Australian television programs to stations in the South Pacific. This will do little to enhance vigorous and discerning projection of Australian news and values in the … Continue reading

Posted in Arts and Media, Asia, Politics | Leave a comment

In the Australia-China relationship, name calling won’t help.

It is easy for governments to disguise their inability to manage the complex Australia-China relationship by resorting to finger-pointing and name-calling. Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Education | Leave a comment

The inevitability of fundamental change in the world and what China wants

“The coronavirus pandemic will change the world order forever. When the Covid-19 pandemic is over, institutions in many countries will look as if they have failed. It is not a question of whether this judgment is correct from an objective … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Politics | Leave a comment

A China Air Defence Identification Zone in the South China Sea – Is the Sky About to Fall?

In 2013, when China declared an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, alarmists warned that China would soon declare one for the South China Sea.  But the sky did not fall in the East China Sea … Continue reading

Posted in World Affairs | Leave a comment

Living with China: There is a way, but is there a will? Part 3

To enter into a sustained and productive dialogue with China, Australia needs to do its homework. As indicated In Parts 1 and 2, both government and society have to cultivate a better understanding of contemporary China, its history, culture, economy … Continue reading

Posted in World Affairs | Comments Off on Living with China: There is a way, but is there a will? Part 3

Washington’s ‘Cold War’ with Beijing exposes its true view of Australia

Even before the onset of coronavirus, it had become something of a truism to talk of US–China relations plunging into a new era of heightened geopolitical competition.

Posted in World Affairs | Comments Off on Washington’s ‘Cold War’ with Beijing exposes its true view of Australia

Row erupts over the New Zealand Government’s Covid crisis mistake.

The internationally acclaimed excellent performance by the New Zealand Government against the Carona virus has been marred by a mistake. It may damage the Government’s credibility as an election approaches.

Posted in Politics, World Affairs | Comments Off on Row erupts over the New Zealand Government’s Covid crisis mistake.

Living with China: There is a way, but is there a will? Part 2

In Part 1 we saw that the post-1945 Western dominated world order is rapidly giving way to a multicentric world, in which different players, each with its own system of governance and civilisational inheritance, are vying for power and influence. … Continue reading

Posted in World Affairs | Comments Off on Living with China: There is a way, but is there a will? Part 2

Coronavirus, racism and Asian-Australian representation. Part 2 of a series on racism.

The emergence of the coronavirus in Wuhan China has led to a rise and return of racist and xenophobic attitudes in Australia towards Chinese-Australians and those of seemingly “Chinese” appearance. The fear, anxiety and uncertainty of the pandemic have fuelled … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Politics | Comments Off on Coronavirus, racism and Asian-Australian representation. Part 2 of a series on racism.

Justice impossible with secret trials

Over in the United States, a former national security adviser to Donald Trump, John Bolton, has a book about to hit the newsstands. It is very critical of, and indiscreet about, his former boss. It shows Trump double dealing with … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights, Politics, World Affairs | Comments Off on Justice impossible with secret trials

Living with China: There is a way, but is there a will? Part 1

There is a growing sense that it’s time to step off the merry-go-round of China bashing and the Australia bashing that inevitably follows. But what is to take its place? Many would like to see a more solid foundation for … Continue reading

Posted in World Affairs | Comments Off on Living with China: There is a way, but is there a will? Part 1

The US and China: can “peer competitors” cooperate?

Extensive talks in Hawaii on 18 June between US Secretary of State Pompeo and Chinese Politburo member responsible for international affairs, Yang Jiechi, could have been a significant step in the two powers’ difficult relationship, but security has been tight … Continue reading

Posted in Asia | Comments Off on The US and China: can “peer competitors” cooperate?

Vietnam’s remarkable rise deserves more attention from Canberra

Vietnam’s response to COVID-19 has highlighted its competence as a country. It has unequivocally won the peace. It manages its relations with China with firmness and diplomacy.

Posted in Asia | Comments Off on Vietnam’s remarkable rise deserves more attention from Canberra

A Politics of Deceit: Israel/US Annexation of Palestinian Lands

In response to Israel’s intention to annex up to 30% of the West Bank, respect for truth by all the parties involved, Israeli, Palestinian, US, European and Australian, has been replaced by calculations about the benefits of deceit.

Posted in Politics, World Affairs | Comments Off on A Politics of Deceit: Israel/US Annexation of Palestinian Lands

Pressing the pause button on Sinophobia

China is an authoritarian state, and an increasingly assertive one. But there are ways of expressing our concern that are not counterproductive to our national interests.

Posted in World Affairs | Comments Off on Pressing the pause button on Sinophobia

Our strategic partnerships with China, India, Japan and the US

The signature of a strategic agreement between Australia and India is being hailed as a success. Certainly our construction of positive relations with India has lagged, although efforts to do better began in the 1980s. But what’s it all about? … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Defence/Security | Comments Off on Our strategic partnerships with China, India, Japan and the US

China Matters: Letter to the editor of Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun.

The article by Ms Ellen Whinnett in the 14 June 2020 edition of both The Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun contained demonstrable falsehoods and defamatory insinuations about the work of China Matters, and the supporter circle of the organisation.

Posted in Asia, Media | Comments Off on China Matters: Letter to the editor of Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun.

The US does not need a wannabe Lincoln or Churchill, it needs a Leo Amery

Trump likes to see himself as a wartime president like Churchill or Lincoln. The Brits flattered the first proposity by giving him dinner in Churchill’s birthplace, Blenheim Palace.

Posted in Politics, World Affairs | 2 Comments

What Does China Want domestically under the Leadership of President Xi? Part 2 of 2

What President Xi wants domestically is to uphold the leadership of the CCP, upgrade China’s manufacturing capacities to middle and upper end of the production chain so as to make China strong and the people wealthy.

Posted in Asia | 3 Comments