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Australia in the Asian Century

Reader riposte: Culture and economy

Tim Soutphommasane writes: I just noticed your blog entry of 5 April touching on my opinion column in The Age from 26 March on the Asian century. The \'Interpreter\' blog doesn\'t permit comments so I am resorting to email. I appreciate your comments, even if in disagreement,

A couple more footnotes on 'Asia'

This morning I pointed to two sources that contribute to the discussion we\'ve staged about the definition of Asia and Australia\'s place within it. As a third source, reader Alex points me to this article on today\'s Fairfax press arguing that, in regard to engaging with

More on the definition of 'Asia'

Two recent pieces that take our discussion forward, the first by Daniel Flitton at The Age: ...the government seems unable to decide whether America belongs in the region - switching again from promising an \'\'Asian century\'\' back to an \'\'Asia-Pacific\'\' one. Prime

Following the money into Asia

To track the staggering wealth of country\'s richest ever person, Gina Rinehart, is also to chart the commercial impact of Asia, and the reorientation of Australia\'s economy. When her father, Lang Hancock, signed a hugely lucrative iron ore royalties deal in the early 1960s, it was with the

Asian Century linkage

Economist Michael Pettis has challenged The Economist to a bet on whether China will have the world\'s largest economy by 2018. The Economist accepted. Meanwhile, a new Citi Bank report claims China will be the world\'s biggest economy by 2020, and by 2050, India will take over.

If 'Asia' exists, is Australia part of it?

This sentence in Michael Wesley\'s recent contribution to the Australia in the Asian Century discussion prodded my mind: \'Far from becoming defunct, \"Asia\" is becoming ever more relevant as a source of self-evaluation for the societies occupying that continent\'. If Michael is right

What the Falklands War means for Asia

Britain and Argentina are commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, and it\'s worth reflecting on the contemporary relevance of this conflict from an Asian perspective. Some initial thoughts: Factors such as prestige and the saving of face will drive countries to war over

'Asian century' email digest

You can now subscribe to a weekly email service that will alert you to every post published in our \'Australia in the Asian Century\' blog feature. Just look for this small banner in the right-hand column of the blog, and you\'ll see a space where you can enter your email address. You\'ll get a

Reader riposte: Does 'Asia' exist?

Martin O'Donnell responds to this Michael Wesley post: Regarding Michael Wesley's keynote address to the University Australia Conference — which I found a very enlightening read — I was reminded of two other pieces I had come across earlier this month. One was a radio interview with

Asian Century linkage

Why China can\'t avoid oil addiction, and why that spells trouble. Tim Southphommasane: \'...we\'ve fallen into the habit of making a monetary fetish out of our relationships with Asia\'. A nice list of English-language blogs about Vietnam. Young scholars from around Southeast Asia reflect

Does 'Asia' exist?

In a really interesting response to my keynote to the Universities Australia conference this month, Melbourne University Professor Antonia Finnane asked an important question: does \'Asia\' really exist? She writes: \'Historically, Asia has served as a catch-all phrase for societies that

Indonesia: The Bali factor

Rawdon Dalrymple\'s intervention on Australia\'s relationship with Indonesia dampens any expectation that Australia alone can effect a major change in the bilateral relationship. Indonesia, according to his argument, is simply not ready for closer ties. The terms of reference for the \'

Indonesia: Canberra unlikely to make inroads

Rawdon Dalrymple is a former Australian ambassador to Israel, Indonesia, the US and Japan. Fergus Hanson is surely right to be pleased about the results of the latest Lowy poll on Indonesian attitudes to Australia and to contrast that favourable shift with the way the present

Explaining Australia Indonesia caution

Greta Nabbs-Keller is writing a PhD at Griffith Asia Institute on the impact of democratisation on Indonesia\'s foreign policy. There is a perceptual factor in the Lowy Institute\'s 2012 Indonesia Poll which may explain Australia\'s apparent policy inertia on Indonesia. The first

Our 'Asian Century' feature

Yesterday Michael Wesley launched our new feature on the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper. A few things to note before we begin that discussion in earnest. First, as Michael said, we\'re grateful for the Australian Government\'s financial support for this initiative, but

Introducing a new Interpreter feature: 'Australia in the Asian Century'

If Australia has a narrative thread that runs through its post-colonial history, it must be the unfolding story of how it relates to the vast continent to its northwest. Almost from the time of the arrival of the First Fleet, Asia has tugged at the connections and self-images that Australia has