China and Northeast Asia

Taking stock of Xi’s new narrative for Asia

Last week, China’s President Xi Jinping delivered a landmark speech, centred on the significance of Asian civilizations and affirming his aspiration for China—under his rule—to… Read More

Time to focus on foreign policy for the sake of Australia’s future

Australians face a set of decisions in foreign policy arguably more important to us than any national decisions since the Second World War, writes John… Read More

Hun Sen’s natural bilateral “bestie”

On the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum in China last month, Cambodia’s Hun Sen was busy. He secured a further $90 million… Read More

One road, many questions

Even after last week’s intricately choreographed second global forum of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – to which Australia’s relationship remains unsettled – many… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight was marred by yet another man-made tragedy in this part of the world, a terrorist attack that claimed several hundred innocent… Read More

Sustaining business succession plans in chaebols: The cases of Samsung and Hyundai

Plans to succeed businesses to the third generation have proven difficult for some founding families in South Korea. Such is the case for two of… Read More

New Japanese Air Force emerges

The Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) lives in a tough neighbourhood. In the south, China is trying to gain control of the Senkaku Islands… Read More

India should play the Tibet card with China

China’s decision to block Pakistani Masood Azhar’s designation as a terrorist at the UN yet again is likely to test the limits of the… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight witnessed a few key developments in the Indo-Pacific region. The most significant one for Australia, was the Morrison government’s announcement of… Read More

Ugly stability: Our nuclear future

Back in the late 1990s, Ashley Tellis characterised South Asia’s nuclear balance as ‘ugly stability’—a condition, he believed, that would probably… Read More