Geopolitics

Diego Garcia: US has clear choice

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By Jagish Koonjul Mauritius is the legitimate sovereign over the Chagos Archipelago, including the island of Diego Garcia, which hosts an important US military base...

Why Japan may cede Senkaku islands

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The People’s Republic of China is turning up the heat around Japan’s Senkaku Islands, which the Chinese also claim and call the Diaoyu Islands,...

Chinese-built airport near Manus naval base

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By Thomas Shugart Judging by recent satellite imagery, it appears that significant progress is being made on an expansion and upgrade project at Momote Airport,...

Huge Chinese fishing fleet off Galapagos

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By Melodie Ruwet The Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) covers 133,000 square kilometres and was established in 1998 to protect the remarkable biodiversity of the Galapagos...

India’s naval message to China

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If anyone was wondering why the Indian Navy has deployed almost its entire fleet of ships and submarines into the Indian Ocean region, one...

South China Sea explainer

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An excellent "explainer" summary of what is happening in the South China and its importance to Australia has been written by The Sydney Morning...

Magic trick at AUSMIN talks

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By Michael Shoebridge* Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds pulled off a magic trick at this week’s AUSMIN meeting. Australian decisions...

PNG sides with China on Hong Kong law

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By Jeffrey Wall* The United Nations Human Rights Council recently voted on a resolution supporting China’s draconian national security law that has effectively crushed free...

Iran fires missile a mock-up Nimitz-class carrier

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Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard fired a missile from a helicopter targeting a replica aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state television reported...

Advantages in fighting illegal fishing

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By Matthew Ader* Illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing costs Asia billions of dollars a year and constitutes a third of the entire regional catch....