Category Archives : Australia-China Relations

Future of Australia-Fiji Relations: An Interview with Jenny Hayward-Jones 1

In December 2007, you wrote of the importance of Australia taking leadership in governance and diplomacy, and the value of demonstrating respect in relations with Melanesia. In that article, you were particularly referencing progress in relations between Australia-Solomon Islands and Australia-Papua New Guinea. Therein, you claimed there is a need for Australia to match extensive […]

Time for Australia to Rethink Chinese Influence in Pacific Islands

The 2013 Australian Defense White Paper (DWP) has left pundits scratching their heads rather than their favorite itch—could it really be that ‘the China threat’ is more puff and magic than an actual dragon at the doorstep? Abstraction aside, the new DWP’s focus on security in Australia’s “near neighborhood” should give pause to policy hawks obsessed with the […]

Australia: Strength on Strength with America

In announcing the new basing agreement in Darwin, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke at length about China. Given that former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, in whose cabinet you once served, came out deeply critical of the Australian government in allowing Obama to make such a speech before the Australian parliament, there was obviously some […]