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.
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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?
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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.
Before European imperialism fatally undermined China’s own dynastic system, it was customary for China’s neighbours to acknowledge its dominance by sending tribute missions to the imperial court. While…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presents the defence white paper at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.
The Turnbull government’s defence white paper identifies key risks to Australia’s security environment in the next two decades.
Defence Minister Marise Payne inherited a draft of the defence white paper last year, but wanted to put her own stamp on it.
The defence white paper will pledge an additional $29.9 billion in defence spending over the coming decade and support for businesses to innovate in areas such as cyber security and aeronautics.
The USS Roosevelt sails the South China Sea.
In the summer of 2007, in a bizarre incident shown live on Russian television, scientists accompanied by a couple of senior politicians descended 4,300 meters to the floor of the Arctic Ocean in two Mir…
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter observes the destroyer USS Lassen in the South China Sea.
By sailing a destroyer close to an artificial island in the South China Sea, the US is challenging China's claim to the waterway. At stake are trade routes worth billions of dollars.
China’s not happy. Normally that sort of phrase is pretty meaningless. Clearly not everyone in China has the same view on anything – with the possible exception of its territorial claims in the South China…
Australia’s traditional reliance on multilateralism and alliances won’t be enough to negotiate the geopolitical rivalries of the Asian century.
For the past two centuries, Australia got many of the big calls on global engagement right. In our third century, there are worrying signs that we have not fully grasped what the rise of Asia means.