UTS:ACRI WEBINAR: ‘According to sources...’: Unpacking national security reporting in Australia’s discussion of the PRC
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.
Avoiding military conflict and restoring Australia-PRC relations: a pragmatic way forward
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.
The risk we take when we panic about China’s rise
Australia and the South China Sea: an update
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?
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.
Ausgrid hawks have poor record on Chinese security threats
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
John Howard on the South China Sea
The former Liberal Prime Minister lends support to a pragmatic and realist Australian policy on the South China Sea.
In an address to the Griffith Asia Institute on April 20 2016 former Australian Prime Minister John Howard said:
I think this issue should continue to be dealt with in the patient but firm manner thus far exhibited by both Australia and the United States…Principles should not be compromised, but likewise we should guard against overreaction…
South China Sea: What Australia Might Do
The United States is conducting freedom of navigation patrols within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea. This fact sheet summarises Australia’s current position regarding freedom of navigation operations and spells out future options.
The Admiral Asks
South China Sea would be a lonely patrol for Australia
By Bob Carr
Note: this article appeared in the Australian Financial Review
Australia has every right to send patrols through international waters in line with our understanding of international law. In the wake of voyage of the USS Lassen on October 27, the US may expect it. Even expect that we do it bow to bow with American patrols.