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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...

Breathtaking but counterproductive: the South China Sea arbitration award

14 July 2016

Anthony Bergin wrote here on The Strategist that The Hague award in The Philippines v China arbitration case is a heavy defeat for Beijing. The award is breathtaking in its overwhelming support for...

USS Carl Vinson sailing through the South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of US Pacific Fleet.

Washington welcome as China flexes muscle in Southeast Asia’s waters

12 July 2016

America needs to deepen and sustain its strategic interests in Southeast Asia in response to a strong regional demand for a robust American presence, especially in light of China’s growing military,...

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping. AFP. Aly Song

The Brexit effect on global security

29 June 2016

The ramifications of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union extend beyond turmoil in the financial markets to very serious and far-reaching effects on global security, writes John Blaxland...

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South China Sea: After the Hague ruling, what's next?

28 June 2016

Two scenarios are possible: China ignores the ruling and carries on as before. Or an irate Beijing escalates the tension in the region, calling Washington’s bluff. Any day now the Permanent...

UN Security Council. Image courtesy of Zack Lee on Flickr.

The South China Sea: next stop the UN Security Council?

30 May 2016

All the signs indicate that China is preparing to reject the anticipated adverse judgment of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the South China Sea. The Philippines is arguing that China is acting...

If we strike a deal with Japan, we're buying more than submarines

15 March 2016

Asian power politics must be factored into any defence contract decisions, writes Hugh White.Many people in Canberra think we should partner with Japan to build our new submarines, whether or not...

China, Australia and the US rebalance?

China, Australia and the US rebalance?

8 March 2016

Australia enters China’s strategic landscape because of its role as a close military ally of the US. It’s seen by many inside China as the ‘southern anchor’ of America’s alliance system in the Asia–...

PLA soldiers pose with US marine. Photo from Flickr, courtesy of U.S. Army.

After the Defence White Paper, it's time we talked about war with China

8 March 2016

After the Defence White Paper, it's time we talked about war with China, writes Hugh White.Whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intended it or not, his new Defence White Paper has been widely...

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