Asian-Pacific region

Oceania Countries are Getting Drawn into anti-Chinese Games


On 6 July the Associated Press (AP) Agency referred to official information sources from Australia and New Zealand in its announcement stating that during the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in September of this year, representatives from Australia and New Zealand are set…

UK Torture Report Raises Serious Questions


A recently released report of the UK Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament under the chairmanship of conservative MP Dominic Grieve QC has received remarkably little media coverage in Australia.  There are a number of reasons to be concerned about the information contained…

The Trans-Pacific Partnership without US


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a draft of a free-trade zone (FTZ) which is aimed at uniting practically the whole Asia-Pacific (APAC). Originally, the TPP was considered an exclusively American project aimed at strengthening the US influence in the APAC and decreasing…

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the TPP has been Signed


Such a long name (The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, CPTPP) will now designate the largest collective free trade zone in the region, around which difficult negotiations have been conducted for almost 10 years. On 8 March in the capital…

Australia Confirms its Colonial Status With Expulsion of Russian Diplomats


Both the prime minister and the Foreign Minister are trained lawyers. As part of the training they would have been imbued with some of the most profound and enduring concepts of the common law. These include such fundamental points as the presumption of innocence; the onus of proof…

Does Australia Believe in International Law: The Case of Syria


One of the most common phrases heard from senior Australian government officials including the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister is Australia’s belief in what it is pleased to call the “rules based international order.” This phrase…

Australia’s Dilemma: The Quad or its National Interest


In 2005 Japan raised the possibility of a separate grouping of four nations, Australia, India, Japan and the United States, as a potential counterweight to the growing power of China. It was an ill-considered notion then, and nothing has happened since then to make it a better idea…

Australia between the USA and China


At first thought, the title of this article may look inappropriate. Indeed, Australia has a political and military union with the USA, while Beijing (the main geopolitical opponent of Washington) is considered as a source of foreign policy troubles. However, Canberra (in contrast…

Admiral Harry Harris to Become US Ambassador to Australia


One of the signs of the worsening situation in the Indian and Pacific ocean region, where the focus of world politics is shifting, is the strengthening of the military’s voice in the cacophony of the sounds that are coming from the Indo-Pacific Region. Moreover, the trend towards…

Russia May Become a Leading LNG Supplier in Asia-Pacific


The serious environmental problems faced by China in the past decade have forced it to reform its energy industry. One of the main changes has been the large-scale transition from coal to a more eco-friendly type of hydrocarbon fuel – natural gas. China’s decision to shield its…

Why an Iraq War Inquiry is More Necessary Than Ever


There has been a flurry of activity caused by the comments made by Green’s parliamentarians Adam Bandt and Richard di Natale over recently installed Liberal Senator Jim Molan. The facts relate to the Australian situation, but the issue has wider ramifications. The ostensible…

How the South Pacific Countries Are Selling Their Votes


Here it goes again! Several countries of Oceania (also known as South Pacific Nations), or however you want to call that vast, beautiful but thoroughly devastated part of the world, have voted “for Israel”, “for the United States’ proposed resolution at the United Nations”, and…

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