China and Northeast Asia

On “legitimacy”: Trump, Kim, and US-North Korea summitry

Concerns of a PR coup for the DPRK underestimate how crucial leader-to-leader diplomacy really is. You could hear the complaints almost before Trump and Kim … Read More

What a waste: The G20 and the plastic problem

More plastic waste is choking the world’s oceans yet despite global declarations and commitments, nothing much is done. The recent G20 energy… Read More

How mateship made way for freedom, democracy and rule of law

Australia’s diplomatic language has evolved during a period of instability and risk, but is practice following? Read More

Asia Future Fellows nurture Australia–China relationship

Last week, 12 Griffith University students and 8 Peking University students spent time in Brisbane participating in a range of activities for Asia Future Fellows… Read More

Regional wrap

The past fortnight would be best described as surreal and bizarre; surreal because one witnessed leaders of countries seemingly hostile to each other dining nonchalantly… Read More

One small step for a President, one giant leap for Pyongyang

Trump’s unexpected gesture may have been the only way to get talks back on track. US President Donald Trump has found a gesture that could… Read More

At the G20, a focus on sideshow diplomacy and photo opps, with limited material gains

What a weekend it’s been: global leadership, diplomacy and theatrics, all at play on the world stage. US President Donald Trump – never one to… Read More

Beyond ‘balancing’: alternative US grand strategies for dealing with China and Russia

It’s time to start paying attention. The US–China spat is doubling down. The hardline speeches given by Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and… Read More

Regional wrap

This fortnight, millions of Hong Kongers took to the streets to protest against a proposed bill that would allow them to be extradited to… Read More

Pressure builds with more protests in Hong Kong, but what’s the end game?

The latest protests in Hong Kong on Sunday, which organisers said brought some 2 million people to the streets, represented yet another striking show of “people… Read More