US leaders have lashed out at China, but would likely be unwilling to start a war in the South China Sea.
US Navy handout/EPA
China has taken an incremental approach to cementing its control over the disputed waters, making the US and its allies powerless to stop it.
In happier times: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2017 APEC summit in Vietnam.
Anxiety about China's rise is unlikely to abate any time soon – Australia needs to remain calm and realise the region is changing rapidly.
The incoming head of the Australian Defence Force, Lt-Gen Angus Campbell (left), understands the importance of Australia’s relations with its nearest neighbours.
The incoming Chief of the Defence Force, Angus Campbell, will need to focus his attentions on an array of conventional and non-conventional security concerns in the Indo-Pacific.
A plastic bottle trapped on a coral reef.
Coral reefs in the Asia-Pacific have been deluged with an estimated 11.1 billion pieces of plastic waste, increasing the risk of coral disease more than 20-fold.
From an Australian perspective, Donald’s Trump Asian tour could hardly be more important.
Expectations for Trump’s engagement with the region may be low, but the same could not be said for the stakes at a time of considerable uncertainty and risk.
China's conventional military assets are intimidating enough, but its latest technological advances could transform the military balance in its neighbourhood.
Mike Pence and Malcolm Turnbull meet at Admiralty House in Sydney.
The message from the US vice-president was that the US would stay the course and, if anything, act more assertively in preserving stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
Climate change is already delivering more extremes of wet and dry to the Pacific region.
EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
New research shows that global warming has already begun to exacerbate extremes of rainfall in the Pacific region – with more to come.
Asia is home to the world’s largest known stateless group, the Rohingya.
Unless managed more effectively, forced migration will have permanent and intensifying negative impacts on countries across the globe.
Should Hillary Clinton win the White House the long evolution of Australia-US alliance should continue as normal.
US presidents over the past 25 years have had varying views of the alliance with Australia. While none have questioned its value, commitment has not been even across the board.
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As machinery demolishes houses behind them, Jakarta police evict residents from the settlement of Luar Batang in April.
The world's informal settlements are growing at an unprecedented rate, with about one in four urban dwellers living in slums. We need to rethink how we view and deal with these people and places.
Australia’s 2016 Eurovision contestant Dami Im performing with Conchita and Guy Sebastian in Sydney earlier this year.
Australia has struggled to forge cultural ties with the Asia-Pacific region. But SBS's deal to develop an Asian Eurovision could change this - there is more to the event than music, costume reveals and wind machines.