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Myanmar rights advocates blast Australian inertia on sanctions

Jessica Mudditt, Nikkei Asia – 2 July 2021 Australia’s government has come under intense scrutiny from experts, activists and opposition parties for its handling of the violence in Myanmar. The government say that the question of whether to impose sanctions is still under review and depends on national-interest, whilst critics argue that there is significant…

Boosting the Australia–Malaysia strategic partnership

Adam Leong Kok Wey, East Asia Forum – 12 July 2021 This post on East Asia Forum discusses the potential for developing Australia and Malaysia’s strategic relationship, particularly through the lens of The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The article argues that “there is significant potential for Australia and Malaysia to develop their strategic relationship through the…

Russia’s Pivot to Asia (China) After 2014: The Wrong Turn?

Sergey Sukhankin, The Jamestown Foundation – 8 June 2021 According to this article on The Jamestown Foundation, a number of flaws in Moscow’s Asia strategy have meant their ‘Pivot to Asia’ has not gone as planned. The author states that “the much-praised Sino-Russian partnership is in many ways a one-sided deal. Since 2014, while Beijing…

Opinion: Why does everyone assume that Russia and China are friends?

Isaac Stone Fish, The Washington Post – 26 May 2021 According to this article on The Washington Post, the popular supposition that China and Russia are close friends is too simple. The author mentions a frosty history between the two nations and Russian territorial interests as reasons for Moscow to build a closer relationship with…

Asean needs to stay neutral and united amid US-China tensions: Tommy Koh

Eileen Ng, The Straits Times – 26 May 2021 Tommy Koh, Singapore’s ‘ambassador-at-large’, said in a recent webinar that what makes Asean countries the coordinator of regional operations is their neutrality and efforts to unite in the face of China-U.S. tensions. Professor Koh stated “Our strategy is to be a friend of both the US…

Will India Balance China in Asia? The U.S. Can Only Hope

Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg – 22 May 2021 Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg Opinion, talks with Tanvi Madan, director of the India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, about whether or not India can really help the U.S. to balance China in Asia. Madan states, “questions about India’s trajectory as a pluralistic democracy could affect the pace…

Pakistan’s top diplomat warns China could fill void left by US

Wajahat Khan, Nikkei Asia – 26 May 2021 In a recent interview at Pakistan’s consulate in New York, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the country’s foreign minister, answered questions on the country’s relationship with its previous ally, the U.S., and its new investor, China. Also discussed was Pakistan’s stance on Afghanistan, India and the Indo-Pacific’s Quad. Read…

South Korea’s relationships with China and the United States

Duncan Bartlett and Rory Green, China in Context Podcast – 19 May 2021 In this episode of Duncan Bartlett’s China in Context Podcast, the host talks with Rory Green, a TS Lombard economist, about the geopolitics surrounding South Korea’s complex relationship with China. The U.S. as an ally of South Korea and friendly relations between…