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Shinzo Abe at a roundtable.

Why Abe-Park summit matters to rest of Asia

3 November 2015

While differences over whether Japan has adequately atoned for its imperial history remain, the meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun Hye yesterday...

US Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. Image by US Pacific Fleet, sourced from Flickr.

Sea folly and US-China relations

29 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...

Taipei at night.

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

Delegates from Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, and Turkey  with Australian foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop. Image courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Where is MIKTA heading next?

27 October 2015

With a relatively small amount of media coverage, foreign ministers of five nations—Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia—met in New York last week for the sixth MIKTA ministerial...

Why the PLA is a paper tiger

Why the PLA is a paper tiger

15 October 2015

It’s becoming commonplace to drum up the military threat from China and belittle America’s military capabilities. Much of this commentary reminds me of statements in the mid-1980s that the former...

The China-Japan relationship

2 October 2015

At the Asan Forum, Tessa Morris-Suzuki and Amy King and Tessa Morris-Suzuki debate alternative scenarios on how history will influence the future China-Japan relationship. Click here to access this...

Scholarship to create leaders that make a difference

18 August 2015

A new scholarship valued at up to $120,000 over two to three years will offer students pursuing research or coursework postgraduate studies a unique opportunity to develop their...

Friends and neighbours

6 August 2015

Deepening ties between Australia and Japan in the past few years have led to each nation considering the other its most important security partner after the United States, a think tank says....

Erika Ruiz Sandoval from Mexico

A meeting of middle power minds

15 July 2015

Knowledge is power, the old saying goes, and in the case of the world’s middle powers, it’s potentially even more potent.That’s why 25 scholars from Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and...

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Australia-Chinese free trade deal

6 July 2015

Does June's official signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, which lifts tariffs on an estimated 97 per cent of Australian exports, mean blue skies ahead for our firms in China? I doubt...

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