China and Northeast Asia

The source of Xi Jinping’s extraordinary power

Speech by Rowan Callick at the China Studies Centre, Melbourne University, March 14 2019 Xi Jinping has become the most powerful person in the world. Read More

Regional wrap

Intellectual discourse during the last fortnight focused heavily on the events and outcomes of the preceding one; several questions remain unanswered in the aftermath of… Read More

Towards women, peace and security in 2020 and beyond

International Women’s Day 2019 provides the opportunity to reflect on and engage in what has been achieved in the Women, Peace and Security agenda. While… Read More

There’s a silver lining in the clouds over the North Korea negotiations

The failure of high-level discussions may force Washington and Pyongyang to start more effective working-level talks. On Thursday afternoon, as it became clear that lunch… Read More

Regional wrap

The events of the last fortnight will continue to be talked about and debated for decades to come. It will be remembered as the fortnight… Read More

Learning to be a paper crane

Japan is a proud country, full of politeness and respect. Each person seems to have a place and the work environment is full of team… Read More

Religion in the People’s Republic of China

The state of religion in the PRC is, as is much else, complex. In 2015, following provincial Zhejiang governor Xia Baolong’s orders, crosses were removed… Read More

India builds up its north east in the face of China’s claims on ‘South Tibet’

The Indian government is ploughing ahead with its plans to develop the country’s north east, including the state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as… Read More

AI in Asia: Challenges and opportunities

In today’s information age, artificial intelligence has made a name for itself as a futuristic agent that will take away jobs and leave the planet… Read More

Year of the pig 2019

This year the Chinese New Year falls on 5 February. Traditionally, the Chinese go by the lunar calendar. The first day of the year in… Read More