Asian-Pacific region

Australian Foreign and Defence Policy Makers Make One Bad Choice After Another

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Australia recently cancelled its order for eight French built submarines. The cancellation was incredibly badly handled with the French being kept in the dark about the decision until long after it had been taken. The problem was compounded by the Defence and Foreign Ministers being in communication with the French after the cancellation…

US Torches Solomon Islands for Choosing China

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Recent unrest in the Solomon Islands, a small Oceania nation northeast of Australia’s coasts, is a reminder of just how far the US is willing to go to penalize nations for choosing to do business with China versus obeying threats from Washington not to. Reuters in an article titled, “Explainer: -What is behind unrest in the Solomon Islands?,” would report…

How the RCEP Could Derail the US Plans in the Indo-Pacific

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The recent ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) by Australia and New Zealand have opened up the possibility of meaningfully, if not fundamentally, altering the geo-political scenario in the Indo-Pacific in favour of China. The fact that this ratification has come within months of the AUKUS and the Biden…

The Australian Government Faces a Sea of Woes

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The normally placid waters of Australian political life had a rude awakening in the past week. The French president Emanuel Macron was interviewed by a group of Australian reporters. He was asked if he thought he had been lied to by Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, on the issue of the cancellation of the Australian order for French built…

On the Second Summit of the QUAD Participants

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On September 24, the second summit of the QUAD leaders, including Australia, India, Japan and the United States, was held in Washington. It is important to note that, unlike the first summit held six months earlier, the event at hand was a live face-to-face meeting. The NEO has been observing this project fairly regularly since it was updated (a year and…

US is Seeking to Build a QUAD No One Wants

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If the US divided the world into Western-capitalist ‘free’ and Eastern-communist ‘close’ worlds during the Cold War to project itself as the champion of the ‘free’ world, the ‘Cold War 2.0’, too, uses the same axioms to designate China as the prime example of ‘close’ world that the QUAD countries, led by the US, must break through to establish a ‘free’ Indo-Pacific. Although…

The United States, United Kingdom, Australia Deal Contains Many Pitfalls

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The recently announced deal between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States for Australia to acquire nuclear submarines in place of the deal to buy conventionally powered French submarines has set off a wave of consequences among Australia’s allies that have caused shockwaves among members…

On France’s Feud with Australia

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In recent years, the geopolitical situation in the Asia-Pacific region (APRDahJTkfw has been marked by extremely fast-moving development, not only in its contentious area – the South China Sea, — but also around the so-called Australian “line of defense” in the South Pacific region (SPRDahJTkfw, where the interests of the global nuclear powers collide. Those powers are China, the US, the UK and India. Russia…

Another Triple Alliance is Forged?

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The unveiling of AUKUS, a new geopolitical configuration comprising Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, (the acronym comes by initial letters of the participating countriesDahJTkfw, has been one of the most remarkable events in global politics in recent weeks. For now, it is difficult to assess the nature of such a move. Chances are that this is not a new…

Australian Foreign Policy Becomes Even More Closely Wedded to the United States

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Australia has just confirmed that its allegiance to the United States exceeds its own interests, and even its relationship with other, previously friendly nations, such as France. The triggering point for this degradation of Australia’s position in the world was the decision, announced this past week by prime minister Scott Morrison, to ditch…

India, France and Britain Join a Military Exercise in the Indo-Pacific Region

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The Indo-Pacific (IPDahJTkfw as a whole and its subregions are becoming increasingly militarized. As always, military demonstrations are designed to bolster diplomatic activity of individual players. These include, first of all, the two leading world powers – the United States and China, whose military and demonstration activity…

East vs. West: Two Approaches to Dealing with Extremism

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The New York Times in its September 3, 2021 article, “New Zealand Police Kill ‘Extremist’ Who Stabbed 6 in ISIS-Inspired Attack,” would report that a Sri Lankan national injured 6 people before being shot to death by police. The article revealed that the suspect arrived in New Zealand in 2011 and has been “known to security forces since 2016.” The article added…


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