Author Archives: strobedriver

Australia as a beggar nation: How the Country Liberal Party made the Port of Darwin a geo-strategic requisite for China

photo credit: prospectmagazine.co.u Introduction The analysis of Australia’s leasing of the Port of Darwin (PofD) to a Chinese company (Landbridge Industry Australia) in 2017—ABC News ‘Why did the Northern Territory lease the Darwin Port to China, and at what risk?’[1]—and … Continue reading

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Hell hath no fury:  The makings of a Turnbull return

Normally I restrict my opinions to international relations issues with a particular emphasis on war and conflict however, the arrival of Malcolm Turnbull on the ABC’s Q&A programme made me want to offer a possibility of Malcolm being the ‘comeback … Continue reading

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Something is wrong here:  Six months (or thereabouts) in Taiwan and the whole damn thing

  There’s not much more oppressive ‘out there’ than a tropical summer and I have to tell you that Taiwan in ‘right up there,’ when it comes to summer: baking -tropical, sticky and oppressive heat.   When I walk down the … Continue reading

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Taiwan 2018: A few weeks in …

Taiwan: to mid-February 2018 The Taiwan-China issue remains vibrant and ongoing.  There is near-daily comment in the newspapers about the ongoing situation:  China asserting pressures and Taiwan attempting to retain its independence (whilst not actually declaring independence).  The situation is … Continue reading

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An insane Industrial-Capitalist notion: Australia to be one of the ‘top 10’ arms exporters …

The Australian government’s latest idea to be a reasonable global citizen is to increase Australia’s share of being an arms-exporter. Spruiking the idea, in Nov 2017, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP was in Saudi Arabia according to reports (1). The … Continue reading

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Taiwan: a week in …

Since arriving in Taiwan ROC one week ago there has been …   four new flight-paths across the Taiwan Strait unilaterally decided upon by China; President Tsai  should plan to avoid conflict with China, and has been asked on TV … Continue reading

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A volatile combination: Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Map credit:  lahistoriconmaps.com Having just read Pacific Power.  Australia’s Strategy in the Pacific Islands, (Author: Joanne Wallis) this book is an excellent read, and anyone interested in International Relations, especially the Asia-Pacific (A-P), should indulge in this succinct and articulate analysis.  … Continue reading

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