• The case for making space for Taiwan

    Thom Dixon     |      June 8, 2018

    Australian airline Qantas has bowed to Chinese pressure and will now refer to the independent, democratic nation of Taiwan as a ‘Chinese territory’. Rather than kowtow to Chinese demands than Taiwan be marginalised and delegitimised as a nation state, the international community should defend its identity.

  • Comprehensive coercion: China’s ‘political warfare’ campaign against Australia

    Ross Babbage     |      June 7, 2018

    The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington has released a new report, “Countering Comprehensive Coercion”, which explains how China has been conducting political warfare against Australia for more than a decade.

  • Australia’s real choice about China

    Hugh White     |      June 6, 2018

    Australia’s problem with China is bigger and simpler than we think, and thus harder to solve. The central issue is that China wants to replace the United States as the primary power in East Asia, and we don’t want that to happen.

  • Walking the walk on values with China

    Fergus Ryan     |      June 3, 2018

    As long as the Australian government claims to be ‘a determined advocate of liberal institutions, universal values and human rights’, as it did in its recent 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, there should be some evidence that we’re prepared to confront China’s ever more draconian censorship.

  • A ‘new normal’ in the South China Sea?

    Mark Valencia     |      May 30, 2018

    The United States and China have apparently reached a tacit agreement to avoid outright confrontation in the disputed South China Sea. Relations between ASEAN claimants and between ASEAN and China rest on a similar plateau but long term rapprochement remains a distant prospect.

  • China’s strategic push in the South China Sea

    Malcolm Davis     |      May 23, 2018

    In a highly provocative move, China has deployed anti‑ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three reefs converted to military bases on Mischief Reef, Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef in disputed territory in the South China Sea.

  • Why China’s ‘debt-book diplomacy’ in the Pacific shouldn’t ring alarm bells just yet

    Michael O'Keefe     |      May 20, 2018

    Talk of Chinese “debt trap” diplomacy is nothing new, but a recent report by Harvard University researchers has resurrected long-held fears that China’s debt diplomacy poses a threat to Australian interests in the Pacific.

  • Facing up to reality in Sino-Australian relations

    Alex Joske     |      April 26, 2018

    Chinese Communist Party interference in Australian affairs is real, not mere rhetoric, and it’s the central reason for bilateral tensions. Mistakes in how the China–Australia relationship has been managed shouldn’t lead us to lose sight of that crucial fact.

  • The big chill in Australian-Chinese relations

    Graeme Dobell     |      April 24, 2018

    A fifth ‘ice age’ has descended on China–Australia relations — cooling business, frosting diplomacy and chilling strategic perspectives.

  • Will Australia defend the ‘rules-based order’ in Asia?

    Nick Bisley     |      April 23, 2018

    The heated and polarised debate about the consequences of China’s increasing military assertiveness has raised doubts about the future of the ‘rules-based order’ in the region, as invoked by the Turnbull government in numerous speeches and policy statements.

  • Confucius Institutes – Innocent strawberries or poisoned fruit?

    Jeffrey Gil     |      April 16, 2018

    Confucius Institutes are again proving controversial both in Australia and abroad. Can they be compared to western institutions such Alliance Française, the Dante Alighieri Society or the British Council or are they something more sinister?

  • China makes its play for the Pacific

    Joanne Wallis     |      April 12, 2018

    China is denying reports it wants a naval base on Vanuatu but growing Chinese power and influence in the region underlines the need for effective Australian steps to strengthen Western influence.