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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...

John Blaxland talks with Henry Shinn about Australian strategy and the Defence White Paper.

John Blaxland talks with Henry Shinn from tbs eFM Primetime about Australian strategy and the Defence White Paper 2016

3 March 2016

John Blaxland talks with Henry Shinn from tbs eFM Primetime about Australian strategy and the Defence White Paper 2016 on 3 March 2016.Listen to the podcast interview.

Iron ore in WA loaded on ships to China. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Jussarian.

Australia’s balancing act with Beijing

2 March 2016

New Defence White Paper’s China strategy will be complicated and demanding. But it also needs candour and collaboration, writes Bates Gill.In terms more pointed than its predecessors, the 2016...

U.S. Pacific Fleet doing an exercise with the Philippines in the South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Defence White Paper fails to deal with the strategic risks we face in the Asian century

1 March 2016

Like so many defence plans before it, the latest one leaves us drifting without a coherent response to China’s bid for regional leadership.The 2016 Defence White Paper, launched last week, has been...

Use of Australia's defence force will represent a failure of policy, especially in any China-related contingency.  Photo: Xinhua News Agency

Playing by the global rules

26 February 2016

Australia’s 2016 Defence white paper uses the term “rules-based global order” 56 times, compared with just nine instances in its 2013 predecessor. This order, we are told, is “a shared...

Official picture of Bates Gill.

ANU welcomes Professor Bates Gill

18 February 2016

Leading China and East Asia strategic expert joins Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. One of the world’s foremost experts on China and...

Facing reality in the South China Sea

18 February 2016

The news that China has placed surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island, part of the disputed Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea, will surprise many observers. In September 2015, Chinese...

Sunset over the South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of aidorian.

Facing reality in the South China Sea

18 February 2016

The news that China has placed surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island, part of the disputed Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea, will surprise many observers.Read the full article.

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Image from Flickr, courtesy of US Embassy the Hague.

US–China rivalry: does Asia have to choose?

9 February 2016

Can America preserve the US-led regional order by resisting China’s challenge to replace it with ‘a new model of great-power relations’? That depends a lot on how much support the United States can...

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