China and Northeast Asia

Regional wrap

While the most important global development this fortnight was the US, UK and France’s precision missile strikes in Syria in response to Assad’s use of… Read More

An alternative to the rules-based order?

There’s a fundamental problem in Australia’s relationship with China: China’s growth advances prosperity but menaces security. If the rules-based order construct does not suit volatile times—and… Read More

Grey zone maritime coercion in East Asia: What it is, who’s doing it, and what to do about it

The basis for a more effective response to China’s use of grey zone coercion to alter the regional order, as I argue here, can be… Read More

What Park’s sentence means for South Korea’s economy

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in jail on 6 April 2018, a little more than a year after her… Read More

Debating China’s influence in Australia

Stories of attempts by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to influence Australia’s political processes, gather intelligence, or simply intrude into government and commercial IT… Read More

Regional wrap

Kim Jong-un’s visit to China and the diplomatic to-and-fro surrounding the upcoming summit meeting between DPRK and the United States were the most talked-about developments… Read More

US–North Korea Summit: Can Trump deliver?

An armoured train carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pulled into Beijing on Monday, with a summit with China’s Xi Jinping confirmed Wednesday morning by… Read More

Regional wrap

The most-talked about development, this fortnight, is the significant diplomatic coup pulled off by Kim Jong Un in getting Donald Trump to agree to his… 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