Asian-Pacific region

Australia’s Self-Inflicted Economic Woes Continue

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Australia had until recently been enjoying economic growth alongside the rise of China. This all changed when Canberra began following Washington’s lead, antagonising China, and in what would snowball into a costly, self-inflicted economic crisis. Today, Australia not only faces mounting barriers to trade erected by China in response to Australia’s systematic antagonism…

Building an anti-China Alliance is the Last US Bid for Political Survival in Asia & the Pacific

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While the recently held QUAD summit-meeting did not mention China directly, there is little gainsaying that the basic thrust of the group is against China. Although there are internal disagreements on whether to tackle China through military means or otherwise, or whether to keep this grouping strictly anti-China or not…

New Zealand at a Crossroads: Foreign Policy Challenges in 2021

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Recently, Australia and New Zealand have been experiencing considerable difficulties in finding a balance in their relations between the PRC and the United States: two antagonists with whom they both need to maintain political and economic ties. China is vigorously using financial leverage on its South Pacific trading partners…

Australia’s Treatment of Refugees a National Disgrace

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One of the great ironies is of modern Australian life is attitudes to migrants, specifically, those who come to the country or attempt to do so as refugees. The first white settlers arrived 250 years ago, consisting of English prisoners, and their guards. They found a country occupied by an aboriginal people who had been there for more than 100,000 years. The British settlers…

Australian-Indian Economic Cooperation a Counterweight to the Belt and Road Initiative

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There has long been a struggle for economic and political dominance in the Indo-Pacific Region (IPR), in which the most powerful players and main competitors are China and the United States. Many regional states are concerned about China’s rapid economic and political expansion, as well as its growing military power. This concern…

Australia’s China Relationship Facing New Challenges

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Some years ago the late Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew predicted that Australia would become “the poor white trash of Asia.” His words at the time shocked the Australian body politic and were fiercely denied. After all, Australia at the time was enjoying its largest trading boost with its Asian neighbours and nobody in the country could envisage…

Do Penguins Really Need an Australian Concrete Airstrip?

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The Australian government has announced plans to build the region’s largest infrastructure project, a new airport with a concrete airstrip in Antarctica near Davis Station (east of the continent), one of three Australian research stations in Antarctica. Davis Station has been in existence since 1957 and is served by 19 people, in addition to more than 100 people living and…

First Reactions of Japan, India, China on the Change of Administration in the US

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The first statements and telephone contacts of the new US leadership with their counterparts in Japan, India and China deserve close attention. If only because the development of the situation in the key Indo-Pacific region of the global space of the current “Great World Game” will be almost decisively determined by the state…

Britain Returns to Oceania

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By early 2021, Britain had finally settled all economic, political, and other issues about leaving the European Union, while actively strengthening trade and economic relations around the world, especially with countries that have historical and cultural significance. First of all, with the countries of Oceania, which only a century ago were part of the British Empire, namely, Australia and New Zealand…

Australia-China Relations Set for a Long Period in the Wilderness

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China is, and has been for many years, Australia’s most important trading partner. Up to the end of 2019, China took nearly 40% of all of Australia’s exports. It is not a trading relationship that any sane country would really jeopardise. Yet that is precisely what the Australian government has been doing, and under the present political…

New Zealand’s New Foreign Minister Refuses to Join West’s China-Bashing

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New Zealand, despite being among the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance alongside the US, Canada, the UK and Australia has resisted attempts by the Eyes’ larger members to join the ongoing and ever-expanding propaganda campaign being waged against China. There are several reasons for this, but the fact that China is New Zealand…

The “Cartoon” Incident in Sino-Australian Relations

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The reason for the latest scandal in Sino-Australian relations was when an official representative from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a cartoon on Twitter about, to put it mildly, the “serious costs” incurred by the “limited contingent” of Australian armed forces during their stay in Afghanistan. Throughout this period, which can be counted as starting in November…


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