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US 'sail through' will not deter China

11 November 2015

President Barack Obama's decision to send a U.S. Navy ship through waters claimed by China, around an artificial island in the South China Sea, was presented as a warning that Washington will not...

China building an artificial island in the South China Sea - Fiery Cross Reef.

China's island-building project a bid for power, not popularity

10 November 2015

Malcolm Turnbull has often said China's assertive actions in the South China Sea are "counterproductive", because they scare its south-east Asian neighbours. But scaring the neighbours is only...

Malcolm Turnbull speaking at the United States Studies Centre.

Will a Turnbull government mean a new foreign policy for Australia?

3 November 2015

There has been speculation that Australia’s recent change in prime minister from Tony Abbott to Malcolm Turnbull will mean a shift in Australia’s choice of partners in Asia. The change does not mean...

Shinzo Abe at a roundtable.

Why Abe-Park summit matters to rest of Asia

3 November 2015

While differences over whether Japan has adequately atoned for its imperial history remain, the meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun Hye yesterday...

Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott's Most Expensive Three-Word Slogan: '2 per cent' of GDP on Defence

2 November 2015

Under the Abbott government, the Defence Department was the focus of two 'three-word slogans'. The first was helping Immigration to 'stop the boats'. The second was a promise to put defence spending...

Bell School wins more than $835,000 in ARC funding

Bell School wins more than $835,000 in ARC funding

30 October 2015

Academics based at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University (ANU), have won more than $835,000 for four projects in the latest Australian Research Council (...

US Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. Image by US Pacific Fleet, sourced from Flickr.

Sea folly and US-China relations

29 October 2015

After months of increasing concerns about China's land reclamation in the South China Sea, going back to at least May, the United States decision to conduct a patrol within 12 nautical miles of...

Taipei at night.

Taiwan's election result could push US and China closer to conflict

27 October 2015

With tensions over Taiwan rising, Australia might have to ask itself a tough question. Read Taiwan's election result could push US and China closer to conflict.

ASIO building.

Secret history revealed: ASIO during the protest years

23 October 2015

The period between the end of the Menzies era and the fall of the Whitlam government shaped the type of country Australia is today but between the unprecedented street protests and political upheaval...

Anti-Vietnam demonstration in Canberra, June 1971

The Protest Years

16 October 2015

A visit by former Yugoslavian president Dzemal Bijedic to Australia in March 1973 came with a great deal of fuss attached.A few days before he was scheduled to arrive, a squad of Commonwealth Police...

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