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B-1 bombers brouhaha: minor disrupt, big rift

19 May 2015

In a showdown with China, Obama would face a humliating back down or an unwinnable war. Does Abbott want to be part of that? writes HUGH WHITE   Our government was embarrassed and angry last week...

Senior leader of the Communist Party of China Wang Qishan and US President Barack Obama. Photo by wikimedia

China's slam dunk

12 May 2015

China has not just overtaken the US economy, but will soon leave it far behind, writes HUGH WHITE For longer than anyone now living can remember, the United States has been by far the world's richest...

Visitors look at the skeletons of Chinese prisoners which were buried alive by Japanese soldiers. Photo by AFP.

Asia still festers over WWII wounds

27 April 2015

Australia may have just marked 100 years since the failed Gallipoli campaign. But it is the anniversary of another war and its legacies we should be keeping our eyes own, write Nick Bisley and...

Smog in Shanghai; China's forecast  for dominance is not so clear. Photo by russavia/ Wikimedia commons.

Why China won’t dominate Asia

25 March 2015

Economic downturns, empty cities and a lack of strategic influence - China faces almost insurmountable challenges in the race to be Asia's number one, writes John Lee. In 1980, and with an economy...

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto.

A new gateway for research on Asia

11 March 2015

New partnership brings ANU and Japan scholars together.A proposed agreement between The Australian National University and a private Japanese university could see researchers from the ANU College of...

When bad politics can lead to good policy

27 February 2015

We're often told good policy is good politics. Sometimes however what seems like terrible politics can create good policy. So it is with Australia's submarines, writes ANDREW CARR.Ever since the last...

Western thinking shouldn't mean frosty relations with China. Photo by AFP.

Time for a new China vision

20 February 2015

 China is not seeking to break the rules of global order, writes Stuart Harris.Australia’s foreign policy, and notably its relations with the US and China, has been a mix of positives and negatives...

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