Australia-Singapore strategic partnership: The view from Indonesia

Written by Kiki Verico. The signing of a comprehensive strategic partnership by Indonesia’s closest neighbours, Australia and Singapore, prompts some questions around how it may affect Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. This agreement covers a broad range of aspects; not only economic, but also foreign policy, security and defence, moving the relationship between Singapore and Australia …

The Logic of Closer Australia-Japan Relations

Written by Corey Wallace. When the Australian government registered its concern regarding China’s announcement of the ADIZ in November, questions were raised about the wisdom of the Abbott administration’s apparent prioritising of relations with Japan over relations with China in Asia. Abbott had after all described Japan as “Australia’s best friend in Asia,” and even …

Pacific Partners? Canada and Australia in East Asia

Written by James Manicom. East Asia simultaneously presents the greatest opportunity for Australian prosperity and the greatest threat. If the region continues to avoid conflict over the bevy of active territorial and maritime disputes while maintaining its growth trajectory, there is considerable scope for the Australian economy to continue to prosper. However, if the region …

Taiwan-Australia Relations: Humming Along

Written by Bruce Jacobs. Taiwan’s foreign relations with the major nations of the world have essentially normalized. Even though these nations all have official “one China” policies, in fact they have “one China, one Taiwan” policies with substantial “representative offices” (i.e. embassies) in Taipei while Taiwan has substantial offices in their own countries. The overseas …

Australia’s changing strategic interests in the South Pacific

Written by Joanne Wallis. If the ‘China threat’ literature is believed, the South Pacific may provide a testing ground for China’s strategic power against the US, which could have destabilising consequences for Australia.  In the worst-case scenario, it could see Australia face a difficult – and potentially alienating – choice between its major economic partner, …

Middle Power Pushback: Explaining Australia’s China Challenge

Written by Andrew O’Neil. Since formalising their diplomatic relationship in the early 1970s, Australia and the People’s Republic of China have established a wide-ranging set of connections across various political, economic, and strategic domains. In 2007, China overtook Japan as Australia’s largest trading partner, reflecting unprecedented levels of demand for iron ore and coal resources …

Special issue on Australia-China relations

Australia and China are closely involved in political, economic, and strategic relationships that are especially crucial for Australia and the South Pacific region. China is Australia’s biggest trade partner, with Chinese investment underwriting the resource boom that has dramatically affected the Australian economy and sense of the importance of being part of Asia. A long …