Category Archives: Asian Century Politics

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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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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Beyond the Asia-Pacific: China’s Next Geo-Strategic ‘Stepping Stone’

STROBE DRIVER, JUN 4 2016, 3587 VIEWS Image by U.S. Pacific Command China in recent times has begun to drastically alter its role in the Asia-Pacific (A-P) region, from that of being a docile observer for many decades to being … Continue reading

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Australia’s Abbott government, the Asia-Pacific region and the ‘China Divide’

Prime Minister (PM) Abbott arrived in China after a somewhat successful mission to Japan and South Korea recently, in acquiring trade benefits on some Australian exports. Broadly speaking, his visit to parts of the Asia-Pacific (AP) region has been hailed … Continue reading

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A reply to : How many children’s lives will Tony’s jets cost?

A reply to the Australian Independent Media Network’s article (by Kaye Lee): How many children’s lives will Tony’s jets cost? This article raises some good points, however there are some tensions within it that I would like to address. Whilst … Continue reading

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