Iron fist: Duterte and the Philippine Air Force.
The foul-mouthed, tough-talking president of the Philippines is ironically a pragmatist on foreign policy.
It appears a significant proportion of Australia’s Chinese community feel the Australian media cover China within a narrow framework.
Anti-Chinese hostility, channelled and fanned by the mainstream media, may fuel negative sentiments toward Australia on the part of Chinese migrants.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gives the EU the finger on Sept. 20, 2016.
REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr.
President Duterte has picked fights with President Obama and with the EU. His behavior is shaking the U.S.-Philippine alliance and stability in Southeast Asia.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
Why would the Philippine president risk alienating an important and generous ally?
On major strategic questions facing the region Australia and Indonesia are in broad agreement.
Australia and Indonesia should gradually re-frame their relationship by considering shared interests within the broader regional context.
En garde in the Spratly Islands.
Vietnam is deeply spooked by the struggle over the South China Sea – but its friends in south-east Asia aren't so keen to stand up to Beijing.
Sam Dastyari’s credibility has been compromised by the controversy around his relationship with Chinese benefactors.
The press gallery's mid-winter ball, held on Wednesday, has become an institution. It raises money for charities as well as being an all-round good knees-up for media and politicians.
Filipino fishers in the South China Sea.
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The South China Sea produces more than 10% of the world's fish – but the catch is increasingly under threat.
EPA/Francis R. Malasig
Feared and deplored for his slash-and-burn approach to criminal justice, Rodrigo Duterte has suddenly shown his conciliatory side.
Joe Biden and Malcolm Turnbull shake hands during a joint press conference in Sydney on Tuesday.
Australia has agreed to expand its training work in Iraq to include not just the army but also law enforcement authorities.
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
China claims ownership of almost all of the South China Sea and refuses to abide by a recent ruling calling that hogwash. Why does China want to control the sea so badly?
EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo
A landmark ruling against Beijing will not solve one of the world's most worrying territorial disputes.
The decision on China’s activities in the South China Sea is hugely significant for the development of the Law of the Sea.
The decision on China's activities in the South China Sea undoubtedly represents a sweeping victory for the Philippines. It is, however, unenforceable.
Disputed: Taiping Island, in the South China Sea.
Office of the President of Taiwan
Business Briefing: Trouble in the South China Sea.
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The international court ruling against China's expansion in the South China Sea puts Australia in a tricky situation.
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China has no legal basis for its territorial claims in the South China Sea. The ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, an arm of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea…
Purportedly Chinese dredging vessels are building up land around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea last year.
U.S. Navy via Reuters
The Philippines is cheering a ruling that China's vast territorial claims in the South China Sea have no legal basis. But the ruling will also ratchet up military tensions with the U.S.
A fine line: the China-North Korea border.
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China's unpredictable neighbour is a massive liability – and one to be handled with kid gloves.
Round ‘em up.
Washington has been trying to corral the ASEAN countries into a unified bloc against China – but it could actually destabilise the region further.
The adjustment in Australia’s defence spending to 1.9% to 2% of GDP is reasonable.
The stakes around Australia's defence appear higher and the urgency greater than at any time since the height of the Cold War.
Japan is believed to be winning the race to build Australia’s new submarine fleet.
The principal consequence of Australia's inevitable but little-debated decision to acquire submarines is to contribute to a rapidly escalating regional arms race.