Tag Archives: Asia-pacific

Federation University: Cultural Enquiry and Research Group. Presentation, 7 November, 2019.

A Year of Living Next to the Dragon: Taiwan – China and an Asia-Pacific War Presenter: Dr Strobe Driver Introduction: The following is the written version of a presentation I gave at Federation University, for the Cultural Enquiry and Research … 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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Australia should consider hosting bases with US forces: A response to this absurd and dangerous proposal in the coming age of pax-Sino

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australia-should-consider-hosting-bases-with-us-forces-says-defence-analyst-ross-babbage-20150811-giwo8l.html This is yet another, ridiculous and ill-informed commentary from the conservative (I would suggest neo-conservative) Menzies Institute and Ross Babbage’s comments should be rebuffed in no uncertain terms. There is an assumption that is so entrenched in this Institute … Continue reading

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But will China invade Australia?

These past weeks have seen Clive Palmer MP berate the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government and other (Chinese) that have had business dealings with him. This was followed by a further dictum from his colleague Senator Jacqui Lambie speaking … Continue reading

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What a State demands, what a citizen gives, and what Abbott and Hockey simply don’t understand

Recent history and the dreaded ‘age of entitlement’ mantra The rhetoric from the Abbott-Hockey mantra of the ‘age of entitlement’ appears to be getting more manic as a viewing of the ABC’s Parliament Question Time will attest; and as other … Continue reading

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