Category Archives: Asian Century Politics

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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The Rise of Pax-Sino and the Asia-Pacific Region

This is a presentation I gave as part of the Cultural Enquiry Research Group (CERG) on the 3rd of March 2014, entitled ‘The Kangaroo, the Eagle and the Dragon: Australia-America-China and the possibility of war in the ‘Asian Century.’ It … Continue reading

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Australian Navy ‘strays’ into Indonesian waters

There is much to read in to what has happened recently in the straying of Australian Navy vessels into Indonesian sovereign waters and the ire this has raised in the officials of their government.  From a party that espouses ‘sovereignty’ one would think … Continue reading

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The Indonesia spy scandal and the future for Australia

Professor White of the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre is right in his article in The Age, on 26 November, 2013: ‘Abbott playing with diplomatic fire in Asia.’  The level of incompetence shown by the Abbott government in dealing with … Continue reading

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On the boil: Australia, China and the Western Pacific

There has been much debate, indeed sparring, recently about whether the coming decades will be the ‘Asian Century’ or a renewed ‘American Century’ as has been shown in The Age.  With America progressing down the road of a more energy-sustainable … Continue reading

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Abbott and the Archipelago

The recent lecturing of the Abbott government to the Indonesian government about what Australia will do about asylum-seeker boats is an affront to Indonesian sovereignty on several levels.  Firstly, we (that is Western Europeans) forced the concept of sovereignty on to Asia and for us to … Continue reading

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