China and the US have differing interpretations of the law of the sea – and this is fuelling deep distrust and suspicion.
Forced to balance traditional alliances with its trade-dependent relationship with China, New Zealand walks a fine diplomatic line over Taiwan.
Keeping silent is not a strategic option.
There are four potential flash points where conflict with China could break out. Beijing, though, has yet to present a ‘nail’ to the US ‘hammer’.
A stronger partnership between China and Indonesia may impact Indonesia’s relationship with the US.
A recent report rom the US Defence Ministry says China has likely considered a military base in Indonesia, among several other countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Despite the racial unrest that has rocked the U.S. for months, President Donald Trump finds support among some racialized communities, including Vietnamese Americans. Why?
The US used to remain neutral on China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea. Why it changed tack.
The US-Australia alliance remains rock solid, but as Foreign Minister Marise Payne made clear, ‘we don’t agree on everything’.
As tensions in the disputed waters mount, it’s important to understand how this conflict began and what international law says about freedom of navigation and competing maritime claims.
The ministers have written of their desire to “find every possible way to advance shared interests”. But this should stop short of following the US down its hostile path with China.
With the US exercises in the South China Sea, the security and political environment is treacherous at a moment when China itself feels under siege.
The US could be losing a key ally to China. But it has less to do with Trump’s foreign policy and everything to do with a drug war in the Philippines.
Two major initiatives will be on the agenda at the weekend’s summit: a mega trade deal and a regional security framework.
Despite agreeing to a ceasefire, the two sides offered differing depictions of their trade war truce that show a lasting peace may still be out of reach.
Ongoing volatility is causing intense debate about how to manage relations between the two powerful nation, which is only likely to become more challenging.
The prime minister’s China “reset” speech indicates he has yielded to diplomatic advice to separate domestic politics from foreign policy.
China has taken an incremental approach to cementing its control over the disputed waters, making the US and its allies powerless to stop it.
For China, national amnesia has become a ‘state-sponsored sport’. Memories of events deemed sensitive by the state are not just forgotten, they are winnowed out and selectively deleted.
Australia’s recently announced review of its national fuel stockpiles is timely indeed. The country is almost totally reliant on oil being shipped through some of the world’s most contested regions.