• Unplugging the Chinese outrage machine

    Michael Shoebridge     |      October 17, 2019

    We must not allow the CCP to create a world beyond its borders in which we all feel compelled not to think – and so not to say – what Beijing doesn’t want to hear. And we need to see this paranoid CCP behaviour for what it is: weakness and anxiety masquerading as power.

  • China’s southward march has little historical foundation

    Philip Bowring     |      October 14, 2019

    There’s little basis in history or economics for China’s claim to hegemony over the South China Sea or beyond, however much it expands its modern navy.

  • Understanding China’s view of international order

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      October 13, 2019

    Whether you agree with any part of China’s perspective or not, it’s worth understanding how China’s foreign policy elite see regional and global power issues and the place of China on the world stage.

  • Beijing’s show of military might is a wake-up call for Australia

    Malcolm Davis     |      October 5, 2019

    The massive military parade on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China was a clear demonstration of China’s increasing desire to project power across the Pacific.

  • The minnow embraces the whale

    Anouk Ride     |      October 5, 2019

    The Solomon Islands’ embrace of China may bring economic benefits but it also increases the risks of local conflict and the challenges faced by donors from democratic nations.

  • Australia’s China policy emerges in the USA

    Michael Shoebridge     |      October 1, 2019

    Rather than join the USA’s trade war against China, Scott Morrison used his state visit to call for broader international action to curb China’s economic, political and military assault on the wider world.

  • How China uses tourists to push geopolitical goals

    Anu Anwar     |      September 29, 2019

    China uses its new economic power to pursue political goals, swiftly shifting inducements to punishments, not least in the field of tourism.

  • Why the Solomon Islands and Kiribati switched sides

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 26, 2019

    Kiribati and Solomon Islands have switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to the People’s Republic of China and the move is about more than the Chinese Communist Party’s relentless campaign to isolate Taiwan.

  • China sets out its military future

    Richard Bitzinger     |      September 15, 2019

    China has released a White Paper on defence — its first such report in four years — reiterating three broad strategic goals for the modernisation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) over the next 30 years.

  • Australia’s booming trade with China will shape strategic policy

    David Uren     |      September 4, 2019

    Diplomatic relations may have been strained, but Australia’s trade relationship with China is growing ever closer. The latest trade report shows that China was the destination for a record 40% of Australia’s exports in June.

  • Why the world ignores China’s Uyghur persecution

    Connor Dilleen     |      August 30, 2019

    China’s efforts to limit scrutiny of its persecution of its Uyghur Muslim minority is abetted by the silence of countries putting economic links ahead of human rights.

  • More arms won’t win the political war

    Tom Uren     |      August 25, 2019

    By failing to be forthcoming and transparent about foreign disinformation campaigns, the Australian government is effectively ceding the ‘high ground’ of political warfare to our ideological adversaries.