Defence

‘Permissible’ Chinese military spending, AUKUS, and the security dilemma

December

By James Laurenceson and Chengxin Pan

Note: This article appeared in the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ blog, Australian Outlook, on October 15 2021.

UTS:ACRI WEBINAR: AUKUS, nuclear submarines and Australia-PRC relations

December

Last month a trilateral pact bringing together Australia, the US and the UK (AUKUS) was established, with its first major initiative being the roll-out of nuclear submarines in Australia. While the countries have maintained that the pact is not directed at any one country, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) likely features prominently in the partnership's thinking.


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The AUKUS nuclear submarine deal: Unanswered questions for Australia

December

By Michael Clarke

Note: This article appeared in The Diplomat on September 22 2021.

UTS:ACRI WEBINAR: ‘According to sources...’: Unpacking national security reporting in Australia’s discussion of the PRC

December

National security has become a more prominent angle for Australian media reporting on relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Such reporting regularly cites anonymous sources.


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Avoiding military conflict and restoring Australia-PRC relations: a pragmatic way forward

December

Perspectives is UTS:ACRI's monthly commentary series, featuring a piece on a topical subject in the Australia-China relationship from an invited expert contributor. 

By Dr Jingdong Yuan

The risk we take when we panic about China’s rise

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on November 8 2017.

Australia and the South China Sea: an update

December

Continuity, and no willingness to run American-style freedom of navigation

Australia’s position on the South China Sea remains pragmatic, unchanged over the last few years.

There is no evidence that hawkish calls for Australia to run American-style freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) directed at China have influenced the policy of the Turnbull Government.

Those calls had been made by three US admirals on at least three separate occasions between the dates February 22 2016 and December 14 2016.

South China Sea: What next?

December

With a new Philippines President, an arbitral ruling and a new US administration soon to take office, where stands the tension over competing claims in the South China Sea?

In Canberra on November 23 ACRI presented a first-rank panel: Hugh White, Professor of Strategic Studies, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies, ANU; Greg Austin, School of Engineering and Information Technology Australian Centre for Cyber Security; and Allan Gyngell, Visiting Fellow at the National Security College and an Adjunct Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy.


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Ausgrid hawks have poor record on Chinese security threats

December

By James Laurenceson

This article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review, August 9 2016.

The potential sale of NSW electricity distributor Ausgrid to a Chinese company is bedevilled by questions about national security. On Sunday Treasurer Scott Morrison said those questions will be his "prime consideration" in deciding whether to allow the deal to go ahead.

Chinese investment and national security: what Australians think

December

By James Laurenceson and Hannah Bretherton

This article originally appeared in the East Asia Forum