Relationships with China, the Middle East, India and the Pacific will be ones to watch in 2019.
Australia’s international relationships were tested in 2018. And the coming year may prove to be even more challenging.
After a positive start, Morrison’s relations with his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo, cooled off after he suggested moving the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a busy summit season ahead of him. After early foreign policy stumbles, it’s important he reads his briefs, listens to the diplomats and stays humble.
Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama speaking at a trade forum in Brisbane in July last year.
Fijians go to the polls this week in only the second general election since a 2006 coup in which the current prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, seized power. He won an election in 2014.
Morrison says it is time to “open a new chapter in relations with our.
The Pacific push is against the background of China’s growing involvement in the area.
Shorten also argues that Labor is better able than the.
Coalition to chime in with the Pacific countries’ concerns about
In a speech to the Lowy Institute on Monday, Shorten says Australia’s Pacific neighbours want partners for infrastructure projects – “and as PM, I intend to make sure they look to Australia first.
As part of Australia’s naval upgrade, construction of 12 future submarines will start around 2022-23.
Compared to China’s naval ambitions, we seem slow-moving and complacent and lack the agility to keep up with the times.
Do we need yet another class of guest workers to pick our fruit?
Introducing yet another special agricultural employment visa might destroy the good things about the ones we’ve got.
Inside a snailfish.
Newcastle University / Natural History Museum, London
These ‘snailfish’ look too fragile to exist several miles below the waves.
China is Australia’s largest trading partner.
Eighty years ago, we were just as scared of the Japanese buying our assets as we are of the Chinese today. So what does this say about the future of Australia in the Asia-Pacific region?
A family crosses a flooded street in Pakistan.
Asian Development Bank/Flickr
To address environmental degradation, including climate change, it is essential to take into account human rights and migration. Hybrid international law and regional thinking are both essential.
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.
If researchers shared their data, we could take a big step towards saving the world’s coral reefs.
Randy Schafer / shutterstock
Recent archaeological evidence shows the remote islanders didn’t commit ‘ecocide’ after all.
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.
Villagers watch the sunset over a small lagoon near the village of Tangintebu in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati.
In the Pacific region, customary laws could create problems when implementing international law associated with climate change.
US Geological Survey
Australia’s decision to take another step back from international broadcasting by ceasing its far reaching border crossing shortwave radio services has raised questions about who will fill the void.
Looks like paradise – but how did the first people get there?
Global Environment Facility
Researchers ran computer simulations that take into account environmental variability and geographical setting to investigate how early explorers made it to these tiny, remote islands in the Pacific.
The story depicts a young Wallisian man trying to make it in the world of rugby in France.
3 B Productions
Sport migrations emerge within a general migratory context. In some societies, like the Pacific Islands, adulthood, particularly for men, cannot be completed unless one migrates.
Soha, seven, is now taller than her 10-year-old sister Suhala whose growth has been stunted.
Jo Currie/World Vision
Adults who had a low birthweight or were undernourished as young children are more likely to experience high blood pressure and obesity.
Tropical Cyclone Winston nears Fiji on February 20, 2016.
NASA Goddard Rapid Response/NOAA
Cyclone Winston produced wind speeds of around 300 km per hour, making it one of the strongest storms to make landfall.
These Vietnamese tea farmers are set to benefit from the deal. Others might not be so lucky.
Nguyen Huy Kham/Reuters
The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been described by its backers as a boon for development. But with no concrete commitments, nor any mention of climate, it is really at odds with the UN development agenda.