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Balancing act: Experts warn we can’t stay out of China’s conflicts

4 October 2016

Australia faces an increasing challenge as tensions escalate between China and the United States over the Asia-Pacific region. For the past 20 years, Australia has been trying to balance its...

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A ham-fisted hegemon

28 September 2016

Despite its economic and military might, China lacks the finesse to shape Asia to its liking It is already being described as the moment when America’s “pivot” to Asia was seen to have gone awry....

Japanese anti-war protest. Image from Flickr, courtesy of jarnocan.

Political concerns fuel Japanese business pessimism in China

26 September 2016

The Japanese business community is increasingly pessimistic about the Japan–China relationship. For the past three years the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the...

Australia's China choice?

23 September 2016

Professor Hugh White speaks about Australia’s relationships with China and the US. Listen to the full interview, Australia’s China choice? on 2CC radio Canberra.

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US Ambas­sador John Berry ‘complicated’ matters: experts

16 September 2016

A public spat between China and the US about Beijing’s political ­influence in Australia indicates the deep concern about the shifting power balance in the region, experts say. Beijing responded to...

Benjamin Zala

China-US tensions at G20 summit

6 September 2016

Dr Benjamin Zala speaks to Beverley O’Connor from the ABC about growing tensions at the G20 summit in China. He discusses issues such as the possible meaning and portent of US President Barack...

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Would America really go to war over the South China Sea?

2 September 2016

What would America do if China starts to build an island base on Scarborough Shoal, declares an ADIZ over the Spratlys, or in some other way plainly takes steps to strengthen still further its grip...

Navigating China’s archives

2 August 2016

Restricted access to the Chinese Foreign Ministry archive is a great loss for China scholars. This June I published my first book, China–Japan Relations after World War Two: Empire, Industry and War...

How should Southeast Asia respond to the South China Sea ruling?

17 July 2016

Southeast Asia has descended into a maritime insecurity spiral since the April–June 2012 stand-off at Scarborough Shoal between Chinese maritime security forces and the Philippine Navy, which...

Lu Kang, spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaks to reporters about the international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea during a news briefing in Beijing. Photo: AP

South China Sea ruling a test for our patchwork global order

14 July 2016

The arbitral tribunal convened under Part XV of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention has found that China’s claimed historic rights in the South China Sea, enshrined in its nine-dash...

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