Advancing China’s South China Sea dominance

In a recent PLA Navy (PLAN) journal article, South Sea Fleet officers declared that China has achieved military supremacy in the South China Sea. This… Read More

The Australia­­–India–Japan trilateral: converging interests… and converging perceptions?

Back in 1967, the Australian National University held a conference on the theme, India, Japan, Australia: Partners in Asia? It was an interesting time to… Read More

Australian airpower’s tough South China Sea challenge

The RAAF is in the midst of a large-scale replacement program but the strategic goalposts have just changed mid-game. Two major events have driven this… Read More

The Griffith-Tsinghua conference: Chinese scholars debate international relations

On December 11-12, 2016, Griffith University and Tsinghua University successfully hosted a two-day conference entitled, “Chinese Scholars Debate International Relations” in Beijing, China. With generous… Read More

Banking on growth models

Perhaps one of the most perplexing issues to haunt China’s political economy has been the fact that rapid economic growth has been achieved on the… Read More

Trump’s Twitter diplomacy troubles US–China relations

As President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration approached, tensions in the South China Sea have continued to evolve. In mid-December it became apparent that China is… Read More

Let’s face it, China’s military now dominates ASEAN

Over the last year, there has been a sharp regional strategic shift. In the South China Sea, China has built six large islands, three… Read More

China is creeping south and it is time we acted

In the South China Sea dispute, Australia remains trapped in the past. Since Australia developed its strategy, China has built six large islands — three… Read More

Trump haunts China’s dreams

China’s fortunes may or may not be blessed by Donald Trump’s victory in the US election earlier this month. Just as there are three potentially… Read More

The South China Sea’s worsening strategic dilemmas

The world has moved on but most South China Sea strategies are stuck in the past. For example, Australia’s policies have changed very little… Read More