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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...

Australia and the United States.

Can we really be sure the US will underwrite Australia's security?

16 February 2016

As the Turnbull government reviews its defence policy, Americans are becoming increasingly reluctant to take on all the world's problems. 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...

Malcolm Turnbull speaking in Washington D.C. Image courtesy of CSIS.

Turnbull in Washington: A Missed Opportunity

19 January 2016

The trickiest part of Malcolm Turnbull’s speech in Washington was always going to be the passage about China. This was the issue on which, to judge by what he said before becoming Prime Minister, Mr...

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, right, speaks with U.S. Navy Cmdr. Robert C. Francis Jr. aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the South China Sea on Nov. 5

US 'sail through' will not deter China

11 November 2015

President Barack Obama’s decision to send a U.S. Navy ship through waters claimed by China, around an artificial island in the South China Sea, was presented as a warning that Washington will...

USS Lassen. Photo: US Pacific Fleet (Flickr)

Sea Folly and US-China Relations

30 October 2015

After months of increasing concerns about China's land reclamation in the South China Sea, going back to at least May, the United States decision to conduct a patrol within 12 nautical miles of...

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (centre L) and his wife Chow Mei-ching (centre R) during a National Day ceremony in front of the presidential palace in Taipei on October 10, 2015. Image by AFP.

Taiwan's election result could push US and China closer to conflict

27 October 2015

 With tensions over Taiwan rising, Australia might have to ask itself a tough question, writes Hugh White. Things in the South China Sea look dangerous enough, but worse might be coming. On January...

Photo: US Navy/Flickr

Sea change

19 October 2015

As China island-hops its way across the South China Sea, should Australia be concerned about Beijing's land reclamation activities? And should we be encouraging the US to take a tougher line,...

Source: Canberra Times

Wave of rhetoric on South China Sea sets dangerous tone

15 October 2015

As China island-hops its way across the South China Sea, should Australia be concerned about Beijing’s land reclamation activities? And should we be encouraging the US to take a tougher line,...

Source: AAP/EAF

What’s displacing Air Sea Battle in US military planning?

1 October 2015

In a slow moving transition underway since late 2014, there are strong signs that the often-criticised US Air Sea Battle operational concept is being quietly — albeit not officially — sidelined as a...

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