Topic-Politics

Journalists have become diplomatic pawns in China’s relations with the West, setting a worrying precedent

Journalists have become diplomatic pawns in China’s relations with the West as Australian journalists Bill Birtles of the ABC and Mike Smith of The Australian Financial Review we forced to depart China. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 9 September

Solomon Islands political tensions In Solomon Islands, tensions between the provincial government of Malaita and the national government continue to simmer. Most recently, the premier… Read More

Listening in on US–China relations

Professor Kai He shares insights on US-China relations. Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, claims that US President Donald Trump has put together a ‘war council’ to take down the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over?

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over? Dr Susan Harris Rimmer shares her insights. Read More

China’s footprint in the Pacific

Sheldon Chanel shares commentary on the recent "China In the Pacific" webinar as China’s footprint in the Pacific is expected to grow despite the impact of COVID-19. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 26 August

COVID-19 vaccine concerns in Papua New Guinea The race to find a vaccine to COVID-19 and the attendant geopolitical posturing has found its way to… Read More

Chinese trawlers and the Galapagos: The protection challenge

Ecuadorian authorities in Guayaquil spotted a fleet of 260 Chinese boats fishing in the area around the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Melodie Ruwet shares her insights. Read More

No war with China, cold or hot

Emeritus Professor Colin Mackerras says "Australia must say no to any war with China, cold or hot. We must not follow US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in characterising US-China relations" Read More

Business should beware ensnarement in China controversies

Rowan Callick says, Australian business leaders should consider using this challenging COVID era to deepen their relations with Chinese counterparts and understanding of China’s markets rather than to promote a greater priority for commercial interests in political debate. Read More

We can’t allow Pacific leaders to use coronavirus as a cover for authoritarianism

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Across the Pacific, leaders are holding fast to the old political maxim. Some, even, seem happy to have the Covid-19 crisis around. Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines
Common prosperity should be valued in China and not disparaged by critics
COVID-19 rhetoric and governance in the Philippines
Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 15 September

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