Geopolitics

US slams Chinese flights over South China Sea but ‘they posed no threat’

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The U.S. military said on Friday that Chinese military flights in the past week in the South China Sea fit a pattern of destabilizing...

US-Australia to do large-scale exercise despite Covid

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The United States and Australia will hold a large-scale, multinational military exercise in Australia this (southern winter) this summer despite the challenges of the...

Senkaku/Diaoyu islands: US & Japan’s major worry

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US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga discussed the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in a phone call. Here's why, according to the ABC's Liam...

China to have drills in South China Sea

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China says it will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after Beijing bristled at a US aircraft carrier...

Covid-19 masks trouble in South China Sea

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By Carlyle A Thayer* COVID-19 impacted disputes in the South China Sea in two ways. First, there were no face-to-face meetings between ASEAN members and...

US ramps up more active Arctic strategy

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The U.S. Navy released its strategy Tuesday on how the service plans to become more active in the Arctic as the region opens up...

Taiwanese MP urges closer Aussie ties

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A senior Taiwanese politician has called for greater security and economic cooperation with Australia as his nation tries to counter China's increasingly assertive military,...

Australia pulls out of International Maritime Security Construct

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The Australian Defence Force has concluded its contribution to the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) in the Middle East, Contact reports. Personnel from the Australian...

Australia needs more links with democracies, fewer with China

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By Peter Jennings* Here’s a priority list for Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s foreign arrangements taskforce to apply the Australian government’s new veto power over states’...

Russia and China team up on Indian Ocean

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Two recent naval exercises demonstrate the potential for Russia-China cooperation in the Indian Ocean, and how the two present a much greater threat to a...