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Xi’s new power and China’s economic and social goals


Author: Editorial Board, East Asia Forum The 19th Party Congress set out the principles that will define the approach to what Deng Xiaoping described as the third phase of China’s modern economic development. This is the phase when China seeks to achieve income levels on par with the OECD average. The National People’s Congress last […]

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Xi, unlimited?


Author: Ryan Manuel, Hong Kong University The removal of term limits from the Chinese presidency has caused great consternation around the world. Yet much about the change remains unclear. What does it mean? And should we even care? China’s ruler has three major titles: head of the Chinese Communist Party, head of the Central Military […]

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Steering UK–Southeast Asia relations post-Brexit


Authors: Jurgen Haacke and John Harley Breen, LSE The shift in global economic activity towards the thriving economies of South and East Asia will ‘determine where the golden opportunities of the future will be and where we must be too’. This was the position communicated by Liam Fox, the UK Secretary of State for International […]

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Australia’s China debate needs nuance


Author: Wanning Sun, UTS While online Chinese-language media in Australia is often singled out as evidence of Beijing’s control of the Australian-Chinese community, what is not acknowledged is that pro-Australian patriotism is routinely expressed in these spaces as well. To be sure, there are stories that cast Chinese people in a favourable light and outbursts […]

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Trade outcome vital to success of ASEAN summit


Authors: Mari Pangestu and Peter Drysdale Australia has been an ASEAN dialogue partner since 1974, an acknowledgement of the centrality of ASEAN to Australia’s regional security. There have been ASEAN summits with Japan, China, the United States and India but the ASEAN summit in Sydney this weekend is the first in Australia. The summit comes […]

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Japan’s new aid strategy builds bridges with the BRI


Author: Fumitaka Furuoka, University of Malaya On 23 February 2018, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet outlined Japan’s new aid strategy and approved Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) 2017 White Paper. The Japanese government has pledged to employ Japan’s aid power for the realisation of the ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy’ that was […]

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Four challenges for Australia–ASEAN relations


Author: Anthony Milner, Asialink ASEAN is back on Australia’s agenda. The media release for the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper states that Australia’s first foreign policy priority is to ‘increase [its] efforts to ensure [Australia] remain[s] a leading partner for Southeast Asia’. At a time of deep uncertainty, engaging with ASEAN is a prudent policy […]

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Pathways from pariah for Myanmar and North Korea


Author: Andray Abrahamian, Choson Exchange Myanmar and North Korea were Asia’s pariahs. Both countries emerged from colonial rule to face immediate and existential security threats. Myanmar feared that internal insurgents would tear the country apart. North Korea was competing for legitimacy against South Korea and its superpower ally the United States, which at the time […]

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Party cartelisation, Indonesian-style


Author: Dan Slater, University of Michigan Democracy and political opposition are supposed to go hand in hand. But opposition did not emerge as automatically as expected after Indonesia democratised in 1998. Instead, Indonesian presidents shared power widely among political parties. The result has been an Indonesian style of party cartelisation that differs significantly from canonical […]

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Australia must endure Trump


Author: William Tow, ANU Nearly 70 years after its founding, the US–Australia alliance (ANZUS) is confronting geopolitical and populist challenges that, if not managed properly, could seriously affect its credibility. China’s rise to global power status and its intensifying nationalism, the United States’ retrenchment from international free trade arrangements and multilateral diplomacy under President Donald […]

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