Asia Insights is published by the Griffith Asia Institute. It offers latest commentary on Asia-Pacific affairs and aims to inform and foster academic scholarship, public awareness and considered and responsive policy making.

Current insights

Why Trump’s tariffs will have little impact on Australia and a trade war is unlikely

US President Donald Trump has levied a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminiumimported from all countries except Canada and Mexico. Trump had … Read More

China’s new central bank governor will have to deal with massive debt and an ambitious economic agenda

The Chinese government has appointed a new head of its central bank. Yi Gang, currently the deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, will take… Read More

Pathways from pariah for Myanmar and North Korea

Myanmar and North Korea were Asia’s pariahs. Both countries emerged from colonial rule to face immediate and existential security threats. Myanmar feared that internal insurgents… Read More

Moon quietly in the centre

 South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been steering his foreign policy through narrow gaps and around tricky obstacles during his first nine months, like a… Read More

Regional wrap

The most important development this fortnight, and indeed this year, is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s effective assumption of a dictatorship through the passage of… Read More

Japan’s engagement in China’s Belt and Road initiative

Tokyo’s decision to join the Belt and Road Initiative enables Japan to seek greater business opportunities. However, to reap the greatest benefits, there are a… Read More

Australia’s diplomats are reliable in a volatile world

Contrary to recent claims that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has become left-leaning and bureaucratic, DFAT serves the national interest in a way… Read More

Trilateral dialogue on the strategic dynamics of an evolving Indo-Pacific

Last month Griffith Asia Institute (GAI) hosted the second Australia-India-Japan Trilateral with the generous support of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Japanese Consulate-General… Read More

Indo-Pacific connectivity: Lessons from China’s Belt and Road

Mega-connectivity projects like the China-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) might become new templates for economic geographies over time. The BRI encompasses… Read More

Regional wrap

The political crisis in Maldives and the ensuing struggle for influence between China and India in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is perhaps the most… Read More

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