China’s unpredictable maritime security actors

In this report published by the Lowy Institute on 11 December 2014, I argue that despite Chinese president Xi Jinping’s image as a strongman, China’s approach to maritime security will continue to be shaped by a diverse set of actors pushing their own agendas. Consequently, China’s maritime behaviour will be unpredictable. These actors are taking

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Australia’s relations with China in turbulence

As I argue in an Asan Forum piece from January 2014, the most consequential foreign policy challenge the Abbott Government faces is how Australia manages its relations with China and Japan.

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In search of political trust: Australia-China relations

In  June 2012 I advocated in this Lowy Institute Policy Brief that Australia should pursue an annual strategic and economic dialogue with China at the Cabinet Minister level. I regarded the Canberra’s political relationship with Beijing, which was far less developed than the economic relationship, as detrimental to Australia’s interests. (In April 2013 the establishment

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China’s Arctic aspirations

In this SIPRI Policy Paper (November 2012) Jingchao Peng and I argue that while China accepts the fact that it is an “Arctic outsider” without sovereign rights in the Arctic, Beijing sees numerous opportunities opening up in the Arctic. Consquently, China wants to take part in the discussions and decisions on how the Arctic should

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