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What’s better than 75 Abrams tanks? (Lesley Seebeck, The Strategist)

During a pandemic, some in Australia may argue that any excess defence funding should be allocated to rapid antigen tests and a creaking hospital system. But there’s good reason to ensure funding is held to strategically important interests over the longer term, and not nibbled away by immediate concerns, even worthy ones. That’s why defence spending is fenced off from other budget concerns, managed within an envelope and jealously guarded, if always contested.

What’s better than 75 Abrams tanks? | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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Australia China South Korea

South Korea’s embrace of Australia goes beyond China (Chris Khatouki, The Interpreter)

The elevation of a “comprehensive strategic partnership” between South Korea and Australia during South Korean President Moon Jae-In’s state visit last month has left analysts torn about its impetus. Is South Korea simply seeking to expand economic ties? Or are we witnessing a “quiet alignment” with Australia against China’s assertive behaviour in the region?

South Korea’s embrace of Australia goes beyond China | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Australia China

Who cares about the Australia-China relationship? (Andrew Forrest, The Interpreter)

Having a deep interest in power politics is still not the norm in Australia. Yet, an increasing number of its population appears genuinely concerned about what a more aggressive and autocratic China means for Australia and for themselves. Intensifying media coverage of the friction in bilateral relations seems to reflect a growing public interest in understanding where the relationship is heading and why.

Who cares about the Australia-China relationship? | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Australia

Australia should build its green infrastructure presence (James Bowen, The Interpreter)

A group of former diplomats are among the many parties making a persuasive case for Australia to adopt a more climate-conscious foreign policy. One particularly beneficial endeavour in this respect would be to fully embrace the increasingly popular and strategically potent financing of regional green infrastructure.

Australia should build its green infrastructure presence | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Australia Japan

Japan–Australia defence deal opens up opportunities for closer cooperation (Grant Newsham, The Strategist)

The Australian and Japanese prime ministers met virtually on 6 January and signed a reciprocal access agreement (RAA) that makes it easier for each nation’s troops to operate in each other’s country. As important, it strengthens the political and psychological groundwork for increased military cooperation between the two nations.

It’s the first such agreement Japan has signed with a country besides the United States. And it took a while.

Japan–Australia defence deal opens up opportunities for closer cooperation | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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Afghanistan Australia

Cabinet papers chronicle start of Australia’s long Afghanistan war (Graeme Dobell, The Strategist)

Canberra’s annual unveiling of 20-year-old cabinet records is always proof of the Wedgwood truth—call it the Dame Veronica verity.

This year’s release by the National Archives of Australia of the 2001 decisions by John Howard’s government takes us back to the start of Australia’s longest war in Afghanistan.

Here is the Veronica verity at its sharpest. The cabinet papers are the Canberra launch point for a two-decade journey that reached its dark conclusion with the fall of Kabul in August 2021.

Cabinet papers chronicle start of Australia’s long Afghanistan war | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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Australia Japan

Security relationship with Japan is only the beginning for Australia (Shiro Armstrong – East Asia Forum)

Australia has become Japan’s most important security partner after the United States. Japan is the world’s third largest economy and central to outcomes in Australia’s broader neighbourhood and globally.

Security relationship with Japan is only the beginning for Australia | East Asia Forum

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Australia China

Australia must learn to navigate the economic realities of China relations (James Laurenceson, East Asia Forum)

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg warned in September that Australia was on the ‘frontline’ of ‘strategic competition’ between the United States and China. ‘Exhibit A’ was the campaign of trade punishment that Beijing unleashed in May 2020 after it assessed that Canberra was collaborating with Washington to attack China’s interests. Smart responses are needed.

Australia must learn to navigate the economic realities of China relations | East Asia Forum

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ASEAN Australia China Indo Pacific USA

Australia’s Indo-Pacific fortunes are in Biden’s hands (Susannah Patton, East Asia Forum)

Australia and China both had diplomatic wins in Southeast Asia this year, particularly through the region’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Both Canberra and Beijing upgraded its ties with ASEAN to ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’, showing that the association sees both Australia and China as valued partners.

Australia’s Indo-Pacific fortunes are in Biden’s hands (eastasiaforum.org)

 

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