China

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

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

Japan’s very busy fighter force

By international standards, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force is very busy. It scrambles fighters daily to intercept multiple aircraft penetrating Japan’s Air Defence Identification Zone… Read More

Covering China a unique dilemma

A new report by public policy organisation China Matters rejects claims that Australia’s media are “anti-China”, explains that reporters’ access in China is uniquely constrained,… Read More

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

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

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

Silence on Xinjiang from Muslim-majority countries

With few exceptions, Muslim-majority countries are complying with China’s demand to extradite Chinese Muslims who have fled China’s north-western Xinjiang province. While China views its… Read More

China needs its neighbours as US threatens a new cold war

Just like when it suffered diplomatic isolation after the 1989 crackdown, China will need its Asian neighbours to weather growing tensions with Trump’s America. T… Read More