Asian-Pacific region

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 (APR) 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 (SPR), 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 countries), 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 (IP) 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…

Can India Replace China for Australia?

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At first glance, the question in the title seems a figment of the imagination, affected by this year’s abnormal heatwave. Indeed, the two great powers India and China, part of the narrow pool of significant players in the current “Great World Game,” occupy their spots at the gaming table. These spots, of course, are not entirely autonomous and overlap with each other to a certain…

New Zealand Refuses to Accuse China of “Genocide”

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New Zealand increasingly finds itself straddling East and West, balancing between participation in the rise of Asia and a strong economic partnership with China and pressure placed on it by the West, the United States and United Kingdom in particular, and their common goal of encircling and containing China. This balancing act was highlighted again recently when…

Is the Western World Losing New Zealand?

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For years now, the whole world has been gripped by the Sino-American confrontation. China is actively pushing the US and other Western countries from the top positions in various spheres of world economy and politics, and the US is fiercely resisting this. Important allies of the US in the West are the main states of the Anglosphere — the UK, Canada, Australia…

Australian Self Interest Sacrificed in a Needless Economic War with China

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This week the Australian government took its expected step and cancelled the Belt and Road Initiative agreement that the Australian State of Victoria had signed with the Chinese. The move was not unexpected and had been signalled by the government some time ago. The ostensible reason for the cancellation was that it was…


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