Asian-Pacific region

Time to Rethink Australian Defence Policy

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The recent visit to Australia by the US Vice-President Mike Pence and statements by both Prime Minister Turnbull and Opposition leader Shorten have highlighted yet again the singularly dangerous path that Australia is following in…

Australia Joins the APR Game

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The five-day visit of Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Australia at the end of March is a good occasion to turn again to the topic of positioning this country in the complex game that is currently being played by the leading powers of…

More Delusional Thinking in Australian Foreig...

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The Australian government’s selective view of history and capacity for self-delusion in its foreign policy was on full display when Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivered the Fullerton Lecture to the International Institute of…

Australian Foreign Policy and Israel: an Endu...

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The recent visit to Australia by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the forthcoming foreign policy White Paper should provide an opportunity for Australia to re-examine its support for the State…

Asian Energy Ring: the Vision is Being Turned...

544354523The draft of the Asian Energy Ring (AER), that was fist brought forward by Russia, has been in existence for many years, yet due to various reasons it hasn’t been implemented. However, there’s a chance that the latest developments…

Cambodia as an Example of Chinese Influence i...

345324234234For several years, the Asia-Pacific states have been concerned with the confrontation between China and a number of different states in the region over the South China Sea (SCS). China’s opponents are the members of the Association…

Dangerous Delusions in Australian Foreign Pol...

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A report in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) has raised several issues affecting Australia’s defence and foreign policies, in particular as those policies relate to China, our largest trading partner by a significant margin…

Strengthening Stability in the Asia-Pacific r...

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One of the many factors that attract foreign partners to Russia is cooperation in the military technical sphere. Russian technology is highly appraised worldwide. The Yak-130 is one of the sources of pride of the defence industry…

The Northern Sea Route: New Prospects for the...

3423123123Twenty years ago, eight Arctic states established the Arctic Council (AC) to jointly develop the Arctic Region and preserve the environment and culture of the indigenous peoples. Initially, Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, Russia…

Is There a Radically Different Future For Aus...

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In 2013 President Xi Jinping announced that China would be embarking upon what has become the world’s largest infrastructure building program. Known in China as the One Belt, One Road, but more popularly referred to as the New…

The Eurasian Economic Union – a New Power in ...

3423423231The Free Trade Zone Agreement between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) came into effect on October 5, 2016. It was signed by the heads of the governments…

Russia is Increasing its Influence in the Asi...

324234231While media attention is focused on the struggle for influence in the Asia-Pacific region between China and the United States, Russia has been improving its standing with regional players slowly but surely. This strategy has…


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