Smart engagement with Asia means recognising the many ways in which Asian migrants to Australia are opening new pathways for discovery, innovation and cultural understanding.
Skilled migrants from India, China and other neighbouring countries are building pathways for innovation, growth and better understanding between Australia and their homelands.
Myanmar has carried out discriminatory policies against the Rohingya for decades.
Despite international pressure, Myanmar’s government intends to continue the decades-long program of discriminatory policies against the Rohingya that denies them their human rights.
China’s construction of new islands in the South China Sea has attracted a great deal of entirely predictable criticism and controversy. Surely no-one connected with this decision can be surprised at this…
These Rohingya women and children, rescued by fishermen in Aceh, are among thousands in need of resettlement.
A summit in Bangkok is discussing the fate of thousands of people who were stranded at sea. Australia is represented but refuses to resettle any refugees, casting doubt on its commitment to a regional solution.
Defence department secretary Dennis Richardson has described Australia’s relationship with the US and Chinas as friends with both, allies with one.
Regional changes will eventually raise questions about whether Australia's defence needs can be met with a spending level of 2% of GDP, Defence Department secretary Dennis Richardson has said.
Much to talk about: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chat during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
India wants closer engagement with its neighbours as it aspires to become a global manufacturing hub. Narendra Modi's visits to China, Mongolia and South Korea are all about promoting this agenda.
The Australian-Indonesia relationship has become frosty and personal, which will test the diplomatic skills of Tony Abbott and Joko Widodo.
The execution of Bali Nine pair Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan presents major problems for the Australian and Indonesian governments.
Powerful waves of nationalist sentiment have endured since the second world war and continue to pose difficulties for the leaders of Japan and China.
The fog of the second world war and the murkiness of the post-war settlement laid the contours of Asia's complex and uncertain strategic landscape.
Even for a government that has recently made an artform of policy backflips, the Abbott government’s belated, but seemingly inevitable decision to join China’s proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment…
Bowing out: former prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, has died at the age of 91.
One of the world's great economic success stories, Singapore owes much of its prosperity to Lee Kuan Yew, the country's founding father.
Even in retirement, the late Lee Kuan Yew cast a long shadow from which Singapore has yet to fully emerge.
Lee Kuan Yew literally helped put Singapore on the map. Its subsequent influence far outstrips the tiny island’s geopolitical significance.
In the end, Tony Abbott – pictured with Xi Jinping and mining magnate Andrew Forrest – can’t ignore the economic consequences of snubbing China’s investment bank.
The US gravely miscalculated in trying to get China to accept the existing global order. Forced to make a choice, America's closest allies are joining the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Martti Ahtisaari, former president of Finland, meets South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-Se.
South Korean politicians are letting their own ambitions stall progress.
Australian man Van Tuong Nguyen was executed for drug trafficking in Singapore in 2005.
Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are being transferred to an Indonesian prison island where they will be executed.
Chee Soon Juan, pictured campaigning for Singapore’s 2011 general elections, hopes to build on that success in the next election, which is widely expected to be held early, possibly even this year.
The Lee dynasty and their People's Action Party have ruled Singapore since 1959, but their grip on power has weakened. Opposition leader Chee Soon Juan talks about about his long fight for change.
US Army members carry out an evacuation drill in Thailand during the Cobra Gold joint military exercises, which have gone ahead this month with a reduced American role.
The US is trying to play a careful game of not appearing to interfere in Thailand's internal affairs.
The Genbaku Dome at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial has long been the focus of remembrance and now also serves as a site for reconciliation between former enemies.
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The horrific murder of Japanese nationals by Islamic State (IS) terrorists in early February has sparked a pensive debate about whether the pacifist Japanese constitution is an anachronism. Article 9 of…
It is hard to understand exactly where Indonesia under Joko Widodo stands on the death penalty.
For months, Indonesian President Joko Widodo – popularly known as Jokowi – has repeatedly stated his determination to show no mercy to drug offenders facing execution. Jokowi is even reported as having…
A show of force. Will China assert itself?
Whether you fear or welcome a challenge to the world’s existing power structure, the main focus of attention is on when China will begin to translate its increasing influence into genuine global leadership…
If Tony Abbott loses office in the near future, his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will suffer a not-inconsiderable setback.
As Prime Minister Tony Abbott dusts himself down after what might be the first of a number of challenges to his leadership, interest in Japan about Australian politics is acute. Japanese political elites…