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Audio program

16 Oct 2017

The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has issued a blunt warning to Chinese University students affiliated with the Communist Party, urging them to respect freedom of speech in Australia.

The federal government has mounting anxieties about the way Beijing uses student groups to monitor...

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Commentary

16 Oct 2017

Last week Radio National’s Background Briefing aired the extraordinary allegation that the seventy-seven alleged Chinese criminals deported from Fiji in August were mainly teenage girls brought to the Pacific as sex workers. All the evidence suggests that the arrests were designed to reassure a...

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Guide

13 Oct 2017

Since late August 2017, there have been renewed allegations of systematic human rights abuses by Myanmar (also ‘Burma’) security forces conducting counter-insurgency and so-called ‘clearance operations’ against Rohingya militants in Rakhine State. The security operations followed coordinated...

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08 Oct 2017

In an unprecedented move, in August 2017 Chinese officials chartered a plane to Fiji and deported seventy-seven of their own citizens who had been living on the Pacific island

But as Hagar Cohen reports China's official explanation for this unusual extradition is being questioned by eye...

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Commentary

05 Oct 2017

When news broke two months ago that seventy-seven Chinese nationals had been deported from Fiji on a China Southern aircraft, the pictures seemed to tell the whole story. The criminals, said to be involved in a massive telecommunications fraud targeting people all over China, were marched onto...

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Transcript

29 Sep 2017

On Friday 29 September, Federal Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen, outlined a comprehensive manifesto that will inform the Federal Labor Party’s future engagement with the Asian region. ‘FutureAsia,’ announced in a speech to the Asia Society in Sydney, provides a framework for deeper and more...

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21 Sep 2017

In July 2017, Perth USAsia Centre convened a group of eighteen experts on trade policy, diplomacy, and business to meet with distinguished guests Dr Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia's former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Dr Mari Pangestu, Indonesia's former Minister for Trade, Tourism and Creative...

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Conference paper

18 Sep 2017

This policy paper examines China's foreign political influence activities under Xi Jinping, using one very representative state, New Zealand, as a case study.

New Zealand’s relationship with China is of interest, because the Chinese government regards New Zealand as an exemplar of how it...

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Report

11 Sep 2017

A key focus of this report is investigating whether regions, local communities and businesses have sufficient awareness of and effective access to information about the plans to upgrade Defence training facilities so that they can be in a position to offer goods and services.

In addition...

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Commentary

02 Sep 2017

The latest volley of North Korean ballistic missiles, one of which flew over northern Japan, has pushed tensions on the Korean peninsula to a perilous tipping point where war is no longer unimaginable. The real prospect of a military conflict between nuclear-armed North Korea and the US and its...

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Discussion paper

22 Aug 2017

Australia’s politicians are expected to treat issues of national security and foreign and defence policy in a ‘bipartisan’ fashion. Doing so is believed to create good policy, ensure national unity and protect the military. Polling for this report by The Australia Institute shows 71% of...

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13 Aug 2017

Australia enjoys a remarkable benefit from its multi-faceted, two-way investment relationship with the United States. And while Australia’s trade relationships, particularly in the region, are vital to continued growth and prosperity, the United States remains Australia’s indispensable economic...

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28 Jul 2017

This report recognises and celebrates the significant role of Japanese investment in Australia's economy. Importantly, it also looks to the future and to new areas of investment cooperation emerging with Japan.

The report coincides with the 60th anniversary of the historic Agreement on...

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Strategy

25 Jul 2017

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, has launched the Australia Government’s Consular Strategy 2017-19, which will guide Australia’s consular priorities for the next three years and ensure our service maintains world’s best practice.

Each year, consular officers in the...

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Guide

14 Jul 2017

Every few years since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, a proposal to establish some sort of Australian homeland security department has been put forward as part of the national security policy of either the Liberal/National Coalition or the Australian Labor Party (ALP). Citing the US...

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08 Jun 2017

As the Australian economy transitions away from resources, it is well-placed to benefit from increased demand from China. Indeed, the growth of China’s economy has already provided significant benefits to Australia. Chinese demand was a key driver of the resources boom that delivered a temporary...

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Audio interview

07 Jun 2017

Former top US intelligence official, James Clapper, has joined the growing chorus of voices warning of Chinese interference in Australian politics. He's likened Beijing's growing influence to Russia's recent meddling in last year's presidential election.

The controversy has refocussed...

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01 Jun 2017

Russia wants to be recognised as a great power, and has sufficient economic power and potential to encourage it to behave accordingly. However, under its current leadership it recognises that there are economic limits to its behaviour. There is a consistent commitment to budget discipline and a...

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Blog post

28 Mar 2017

This year is shaping up as a big year for Australian foreign policy. This FlagPost highlights some of the key milestones expected over the coming months.

The centrepiece of the Australian Government’s foreign policy agenda in 2017 will be a new white paper that will ‘provide a...

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Research report

14 Mar 2017

Overview

A key element of Australia’s debate on national security issues has been a notion of forced choice between an old ally and a new major trading partner. This is particularly so when strategic choices might produce economic
disadvantage.

The dominant...