Mark McGowan defends Beijing, calling recent warnings of an increasingly aggressive China ‘irresponsible’

Prime Minister Mark McGowan has slammed Defense Secretary Peter Dutton’s recent warning about China’s growing militarism, calling it “unnecessary and irresponsible”. Western Australia’s Prime Minister Mark McGowan has called for caution from the federal government in his rhetoric around China, in which he dismisses war warnings as “irresponsible”. Defense Secretary Peter Dutton warned that China … Read more

US Asia adviser Kurt Campbell says Beijing is likely to end the trade war on Australia’s terms

US President Joe Biden’s top Asia adviser says China’s economic punishment campaign against Australia has failed and has predicted that Beijing will rejoin the federal government on Australia’s terms. Key points: Sir. Campbell says China’s trade sanctions were aimed at bringing Australia “to its knees”. He believes this will change and that China will eventually … Read more

5 things to know by November 29: Coronavirus, Iran, Capitol riots, Taiwan, Arbery

Here’s what you need to know Get up to speed and get started on your day. (You can also have “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) 1. Coronavirus 2. Iran The United States and its allies are restarting Iran’s nuclear talks today to discuss a reciprocal … Read more

5 things to know by November 29: Coronavirus, Iran, Capitol riots, Taiwan, Arbery

Here’s what you need to know Get up to speed and get started on your day. (You can also have “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) 1. Coronavirus 2. Iran The United States and its allies are restarting Iran’s nuclear talks today to discuss a reciprocal … Read more

Taiwan sends jets after 27 Chinese planes entered the buffer zone

Taiwan says 27 Chinese planes entered their air defense buffer zone in the latest in a long line of intrusions as part of Beijing’s pressure on the autonomous island ByAssociated Press November 28, 2021 at 15.24 • 2 min read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan said 27 Chinese planes … Read more

Taiwan sends jets after 27 Chinese planes entered the buffer zone

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Taiwan said 27 Chinese planes entered its air defense buffer zone on Sunday, most recently in a long line of intrusions as part of Beijing’s pressure on the autonomous island. The Defense Ministry said Taiwan distorted fighter jets to “warn” Chinese planes to leave. It also deployed missile systems to monitor … Read more

Biden gets it (mostly) right at the Democracy Summit

You know you do something just when you arouse the anger of the Chinese Communist Party, and President Joe Biden has done just that by inviting Taiwan to be one of 110 delegations to next month’s virtual “summit for democracy.” China is wrong because it wants the world to continue to believe that the island … Read more

As the Solomon Islands warms up, Australia is at the crossroads of a major global shift with China and the United States

We hear a lot about the “post-American world”, but we now also get a glimpse of “Pax Sinica”. The unrest in the Solomon Islands shows us what happens when the balance of power changes and security and order can no longer be guaranteed. Pictures of burning buildings and people looting are a wake-up call. Chinese … Read more

Solomon Islands police find 3 bodies after violent protests

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Solomon Islands police found three bodies in a burnt-out building and arrested more than 100 people in this week’s violence sparked by concerns about the Pacific nation’s rising ties with China. Australian media reported that the bodies were found late Friday after riots and protests subsided. No other details were given. … Read more

Australia intends to build military capability in response to China-Taiwan tensions: Peter Dutton

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton has attacked China for using its economic, security and cyber powers to force compliance in the region, warning that Australia will not bow to coercion. Sir. Dutton has outlined his intentions to build Australia’s military capability as tensions in the Indo-Pacific continued to rise, saying national security policy could not be … Read more