Indonesia’s reluctance to respond to the conflict is based on the fact that its economy is still very dependent on China.
Our analysis is the first commissioned by the Department of Defence on the specific threat of prolonged maritime supply-chain disruptions due to conflict in the South China and East China seas.
While there are good reasons not to exaggerate these events, the bad news is these incidents are almost certain to continue. But we shouldn’t frame them as if we’re in the brink of war.
China is posing many challenges to the Indo-Pacific region in 2022. How should Canada and Australia respond?
Hugh White warns of a potential war between the US and China, drawing lessons from the first and second world wars to explore how Australia might respond to such a conflict – and where to draw a line.
The security landscape in the Asia-Pacific region is shifting in the face of China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy.
The West isn’t exactly diligent about following international rules of law. It conveniently ignores or sidesteps global rules-based order when it’s convenient.
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.