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Does Australia have a ‘one China’, ‘two Chinas’ or ‘one China, one Taiwan’ policy – or all three?

2 August 2021

BY CLIVE WILLIAMS Most Australians would be wondering how we can have a ‘one-China policy’ when Defence Minister Peter Dutton has warned that war with China over Taiwan can’t be ruled out. ‘Why is...

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Putin, Xi friendship ‘driven by their hatred for West’

16 June 2021

BY EMERITUS PROF PAUL DIBB AM The final communique on Sunday of the Group of Seven summit expressed serious concerns about China’s and Russia’s destabilising behaviour and said the world’s most...

India Republic Day Members of the Indian military band take part in the rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi, India, 22 January 2019 (Photo: REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis).

Why India isn’t going to save Australia from China’s power

15 March 2020

BY HUGH WHITE AO Will India save us from China? The Indo-Pacific concept that now lies at the heart of Australia’s foreign policy assumes that it will. It is founded on the belief that as America’s...

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Australia’s one step forward, two steps back in the Pacific

21 June 2019

BY JOANNE WALLIS In 2016, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull expressed Australia’s commitment to a ‘step-change’ in its engagement with the Pacific Islands. The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper...

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Security in 'Society 5.0'

5 June 2019

BY CHRISTOPHER HOBSON and TOBIAS BURGERS As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s time in power has continued, the policy initiatives for addressing Japan’s major structural challenges have proliferated. Most...

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ASEAN Regional Forum: less might be more

29 March 2019

BY ANTHONY MILNER & RON HUISKEN The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – with its unwieldy number of member states (27) and preoccupation with dialogue (a “talk shop”) – has been declared a failure time...

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque after the terror attack in Christchurch. CREDIT:AP

After the tragedy, attention turns to how it happened

20 March 2019

BY CLIVE WILLIAMS Four phases follow events like the tragedy in Christchurch – shock and disbelief, grieving, a search for answers, and new countermeasures. The shocked New Zealand reaction to the...

Canberra’s growing silence on US leadership in Asia

19 February 2019

BY HUGH WHITE Sometimes what is left out of a major policy speech is as important as what is said. This was certainly true late January when Australia’s Defence Minister Christopher Pyne spoke about...

When Australian nuclear weapons could make sense

1 February 2019

BY STEPHAN FRUEHLING This article was originally published by The Strategist. What a way to start a year! The debate initiated by three former Australian deputy secretaries of defence—Hugh White,...

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Trust in short supply when there are no shared values

23 January 2019

BY PAUL DIBB This article originally appeared in The Australian on 23 Jan 2019. In the Australian debate about the priority to be given to the economic relationship with China versus the national...

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