Category Archives: Rise of China

Chinese Ships in Sydney Harbour: The PLAN and its plan

Photo source and reference: WikipediaType 054A frigate (Jiangkai II class) Introduction There has been much comment in recent days about the arrival of three Chinese warships entering and berthing at Sydney Harbour’s Garden Island.  This has included Prime Minister Scott … Continue reading

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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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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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What’s really going on?: The reasons the US and North Korea won’t go to war over the Korean Peninsula

  Image credit: CBS.news.org Introduction At the end of June 1950, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)— North Korea—through the actions of the North Korean People’s Army embarked on an invasion of South Korea by  advancing toward Seoul.  This … Continue reading

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