Australia called for leasing US nuclear submarines to bridge the capacity gap

A former U.S. Navy intelligence officer says leasing of U.S. Los Angeles-class nuclear submarines should be considered to immediately upskill the workforce of the Australian Navy and deal with a growing threat from China. Key points: The federal government undertakes an 18-month consultation period following the AUKUS announcement There are still questions about how much … Read more

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton says China views Australia as a ‘tributary state’ that should submit to its power

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton has stated that China sees other countries in the region as “contributing states” and warns that Beijing will quickly dominate Asia if it succeeds in invading Taiwan. Key points: The defense minister warns that China will conquer other territories if it succeeds in invading Taiwan Sir. Dutton says he does not … Read more

New Secretary of State pushes back on U.S. tax credit plan for electric cars

Secretary of State Mélanie Joly will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department in Washington on November 12.OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP / Getty Images Secretary of State Mélanie Joly strongly protested against a U.S. proposal to offer tax deductions to people who buy electric vehicles assembled in the United States … Read more

Vancouver becoming friends with Taiwan? China warns better against not doing so

VANCOUVER – It has become strikingly clear that China is dissatisfied with the idea that Vancouver and a Taiwanese municipality should form a “sister city” partnership. What’s a little less clear, it turns out, is that something like this is even on the way. In an incident that observers say shows how sensitive Beijing is … Read more

Paul Keating downplays the prospect of Chinese military invasion of Taiwan and urges Australia not to be drawn into conflict

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has warned the federal government not to be drawn into a military conflict over Taiwan, saying the fate of the autonomous island “was not a vital Australian interest” and downplayed the prospect of a Chinese military invasion. Key points: Keating said China is likely to try to resolve the conflict … Read more

Scott Morrison refuses to apologize to President Emmanuel Macron after allegations that Prime Minister lied about submarine deal

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will not apologize to France for his decision to scrap a $ 90 billion contract for France to supply 12 conventionally powered submarines to Australia. Key points: The Prime Minister continues to deny that he lied to the President of France The leak of a text message exchange between … Read more

Lady Olivia Newton-John to receive Japan’s highest civilian honor, Order of the Rising Sun

Australian film and stage legend Dame Olivia Newton-John will be awarded Japan’s highest honors for her contribution to developing the Asian nation’s music culture and fostering friendly relations with Australia. The Japanese government announced today that it has decided to award the Order of the Rising Sun to the Australian singer currently living in the … Read more