Region-China and North East Asia

Ad hoc arrangements or multiplying multilaterals?

The Macquarie Dictionary recently released its word(s) of the year for 2020: doomscrolling and rona. When it comes to international relations, however, the winning… Read More

Bad relations with China are not in Australia’s interests

Our leaders tell us continually that they will stand up to China on behalf of Australia’s interests. But I cannot see how the deteriorating relations… Read More

Regional wrap | 63

The past fortnight witnessed further worsening of Sino-Australian relations and more evidence of how China intends to punish Australia to set an example for other… Read More

Regional wrap | 62

US election results and 'truth decay' RCEP done and dusted Morrison-Suga summit and a new Indo-Pacific defence pact Read More

China still in the mood to pull Australia their way

Even as the world has been transfixed by the vulnerabilities and the excitements of democracy in America, Beijing has underlined its own hugely contrasting pathway… Read More

Nuclear Ban Treaty: Wishful thinking over realism

Lacking enforcement mechanisms or a practical path toelimination, the treaty has little chance of being effective. You could be forgiven for assuming that governments of the world inhabit… Read More

Regional wrap | 61

The past fortnight may well have been the prologue to the most consequential event this year, and perhaps, this decade. As I write this fortnightly… Read More

Can COVID-19 advance gender equality in China’s health policies?

The coronavirus pandemic revealed the disconnect between wishful official edicts and rigid social conventions. Read More

Regional wrap | 60

India invites Australia to Malabar. Japanese PM Suga's Southeast Asian outreach. Thai protests take a serious turn. Read this and more from Aakriti Bachhawat in Regional Wrap. Read More

Duelling diplomacy over South East Asia’s most important river

Despite climate change and the cost hydropower dams, Mekong River nations will find it difficult to turn away from China. Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines
Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok: A showcase of Russia’s pivot to Asia?
Uptight and uncomfortable
COVID-19 rhetoric and governance in the Philippines

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