Northeast Asia’s dysfunctional diplomacy

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye (front 2nd R) talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (front 3rd L) during a meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on October 31, 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Mark Beeson, UWA

Anyone who follows the politics of Northeast Asia must be wondering whether things may finally be about to change for the better. Not only have the leaders of the region’s big three — China, Japan and South Korea — recently held much delayed talks, but the presidents of China and Taiwan have finally had a face-to-face meeting as well. Read more…

UK’s strategic China–US balancing act

UK Prime Minister David Cameron drinks a pint with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the latter's state visit to the UK in October 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Rebecca Fabrizi, ANU

The lavish welcome laid on for Chinese President Xi Jinping in the United Kingdom in October 2015 provoked a surprising amount of criticism in the British and international press. Journalists talked of Prime Minister Cameron and Finance Minister Osborne’s ‘kowtow’, called it a national humiliation, and reported — or perhaps speculated on — ire from the US administration. Read more…

Could Sino–Japanese competition benefit Asia?

Tea merchants and their laden camels pass the Bell and Drum Tower in Zhangye, northwestern China. The ancient Silk Road has a modern counterpart in Xi Jinping’s One Belt One Road framework. (Photo: AAP).

Author: He Ping, Fudan University

Sino–Japanese relations haven’t yet escaped from their most difficult period since the normalisation of diplomatic relations. Historical and territorial issues mean that mutual perceptions between these two Asian powers are still in the doldrums. In the context of a shifting balance of power and disagreement over specific regional issues, some Sino–Japanese competition seems inevitable. But how will this affect the region? Read more…

What to expect from the G20’s Antalya Summit

The Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurria (L), and Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Cevdet Yilmaz, are pictured during a G-20 Governors' press conference at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings, in Lima, Peru, on October 9, 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: John Kirton, University of Toronto

The G20’s tenth summit in Antalya, Turkey on 15–16 November 2015 promises to be a significant success. It will promote more inclusive growth through support for youth employment, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and women’s empowerment. It will increase investment to reach the G20 goal of raising its economic growth by at least 2 per cent above the beginning baseline by 2018. Read more…

Will a Turnbull government mean a new foreign policy for Australia?

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on 20 October 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Andrew Carr, ANU

There has been speculation that Australia’s recent change in prime minister from Tony Abbott to Malcolm Turnbull will mean a shift in Australia’s choice of partners in Asia. The change does not mean that Australia will now ‘choose’ China over the United States. But it could change what Australia means by its ‘choice’ of the United States. Read more…

Economic ties won’t ensure peace between China and Japan

At home to visitors: then Japanese prime minister Kakuei Tanaka, right, with Chinese premier Zhou Enlai, left, and president Mao Zedong at Mao’s Beijing residence in September 1972. The visit normalised relations between the Asian neighbours. (Photo: Asahi Shimbun, Getty Images).

Author: Jean-Pierre Lehmann, IMD

Will increasing economic interdependence between Japan and China increase or reduce the risk of conflict?

The conventional liberal wisdom is that economic interdependence between states enhances peaceful relations — as in the saying attributed to the early 19th century French economist Frederic Bastiat: ‘if goods don’t cross borders, armies will’. Read more…

Historical revisionism undermines Abe’s apology

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reads out his statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on 14 August 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Tessa Morris-Suzuki, ANU

On 14 August, the day before the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a long-awaited statement on Japanese memory of the war and his vision for the future. In it, he emphasised that the apologies given by previous Japanese cabinets ‘will remain unshakable into the future’. Read more…