A scholar of global relations says China seems worried about its future. Meanwhile, the US and Europe still treat China as a threat. The clash of world views could be destabilizing.
The Australian government has dropped protections for language programs at a time when universities are announcing plans to end Asian languages courses. That's a mistake in the Asian Century.
According to the Lowy Institute's Asia Power Index, the United States has registered the largest fall in relative regional power of any country in the Indo-Pacific during the last year.
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 racial unrest in the US has drawn accusations of hypocrisy and questions on democratic legitimacy from around the globe, world, including those in Indo-Pacific.
In a major speech ahead of the G20, Prime Minister Scott Morrison commits to further enhancing Australia's relationship with China while maintaining its allyship with the United States.
Australia’s challenge is to prove its utility to ASEAN, and vice versa.