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Integrated Asia: Australia’s Dangerous New Strategic Geography

Globalization and major power rivalry are creating a China-centric integrated Asian strategic system, drawing together the once-discrete theatres of Northeast, Southeast, South and Central Asia.

US–Vietnam relations under President Trump

Under the Obama administration, the US–Vietnam relationship experienced a significant improvement, in particular in terms of security cooperation.

Subplots in Thailand’s submarine setback

n June 2015, several announcements suggested that Thailand would acquire three Chinese submarines for 36 billion baht (US$1.03billion). But by mid-July, Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon stated that the proposal would be deferred and subject to further review.

11th CSCAP General Conference

14 Dec 2017

The 11th CSCAP General Conference will be held in on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The theme of the conference will be: Towards a peaceful transformation of regional order in the Asia Pacific.

The General Conference will follow the 48th CSCAP Steering Committee Meeting to be held on 13 December.

Australia must be dexterous in its ties with Trump's America

Australia must deal now with an inexperienced American leadership inclined to reject expertise. Intelligence chiefs have been removed from the most important decision-making apparatus, the National Security Council, and replaced with ideologues. The potential for grave errors of judgment appears greater than in years.

Risk and imagination in the Trump era

Although the Australia-US alliance is a relationship of longstanding mutual benefit, Canberra now needs to take very seriously the possibility of its ally devising plans that are not well matched to the risks the nation now faces, Greg Raymond writes.

US 'sail through' will not deter China

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 not allow Beijing to block freedom of navigation. Officials have suggested that the operation in late October might be the first in a series of similar maneuvers with the same objective. But such operations are unlikely to deter China or reassure America's friends in Asia

Finding a Way Forward: Strategic Diplomacy in Northeast Asia

Northeast Asia is rife with potential conflict, given US-China great power rivalry, ongoing differences over interpretations of history between Korea and Japan and between China and Japan, simmering maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas, and worries that tensions could escalate between Taiwan and the Mainland under the US presidency of Donald J. Trump. The articles in this cover package of Global Asia argue that now is the time for players in the region to embrace “strategic diplomacy.”

Taiwan’s Place in Northeast Asia’s Memory Contests: Can Strategic Diplomacy Help?

Amy King offers a refreshing new angle on the difficult problem of historical memory disputes by unpacking the “memory politics” of an under-studied Northeast Asian case, Taiwan, and by examining h

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