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James Fallows on China take-off (4)

Below is the fourth in a series of email exchanges with James Fallows, author of China Airborne. You can find part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here. Q: One of the reasons your aviation case-study is so telling is that modern civil aviation can only truly flourish within a system

China, Japan, ROK go for FTA gold

John Larkin reported from Asia for more than a decade for the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine, and is now an Australia-based writer. It looks a good idea on paper. Three huge Asian economies — China, Japan and South Korea — will start talks later this year on a free

China and the middle-income trap

In today\'s Linkage, Sam sends us to this Free Exchange post on Greece, China and the Middle-income trap. It references this World Bank report on China 2030 and in particular the discussion set out in Box 1 on p.12, as summarised in this powerful chart:  The story of this picture

PNG election: Ominous signs of violence

Scott Flower is a McKenzie Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is regularly engaged by multinational companies as a risk management consultant to major resource projects in PNG. The two-week polling period for the Papua New Guinea national elections begins in 3 days. There are already

Australia no longer home alone

The Asian Century conversation chips away at one of the deep-seated sources of Australian insecurity: the sense of being home alone. The good news for Australia in the Asian Century is that we are all in this together. This is not just feel-good, team-building stuff; it reflects the hard numbers

James Fallows on China take-off (3)

Below is the third in a series of email exchanges with James Fallows, author of China Airborne. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here. Q. James, despite the depth and variety of US-China ties, which you described in your first answer, is it fair to say that America\'s policy elites

Defence: Self-reliance is self-delusion

LT COL Ben Pronk is from the Directorate of Army Research and Analysis. These are his own views, not official policy or the position of the Australian Government, Defence Department, ADF or Army. Australia\'s defence challenges cannot be resolved by tweaks; fundamental change is required.&

That 'great national project' again

I see that I have raised some libertarian hackles at the Centre for Independent Studies. This is perfectly understandable. When you lightly toss around phrases like \'great national project\' to describe Australia\'s embrace of Asia you are bound to get sceptical glances from those

Australia strategic environment: 10 propositions

Robert Ayson is Director of Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University, Wellington. Here are ten propositions about the strategic environment which I think the writers of Australia\'s 2013 Defence White Paper need to keep in mind: 1. The overarching factor is the shift in the

Korea chaebol in the firing line

John Larkin reported from Asia for more than a decade for the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine, and is now a writer based in Australia. Korea\'s giant conglomerates, the chaebol, have dominated the economic landscape for decades. Nearly a third of Korea\'s GDP is produced by the top 30

Watergate, forty years on

The Watergate scandal not only gave America a nightmarish civics lesson, but brought about far-reaching changes to government, politics and journalism that are being felt still to this day. The power dynamic between the executive and legislative branches altered radically, as lawmakers on

James Fallows on China take-off (2)

Below is the second in a series of email exchanges with James Fallows, author of China Airborne. You can find part 1 here. Q. James, my second question concerns what we might call China\'s \'status anxiety\'. In your book, you seem to find no economically rational explanation for

Two interviews: Willox and White

I conducted two interviews recently on defence themes. Below, see Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group and panelist at last week\'s launch of the Lowy Institute Poll, talk about the high public support the poll found for the US Marine deployment to Darwin. But first, here

Finding Bob Carr Twitter voice

On the evening of Sunday, 3 June, Helena Carr poached 300 grams of tender kangaroo over a bed of fresh tomatoes, ginger, herbs, fennel, brussels sprouts and herbs. Her husband, Bob, Australia\'s Foreign Minister, judged it a \'terrific dinner.\' It was the perfect complement to the film showing that

Defence: Best of times, worst of times

Devising military strategy and operating a capable defence force is difficult even at the best of times. But for Australia this is not the best of times. The shifting global locus of power is leading to increased strategic uncertainty in our Indo-Pacific region, and we have recently seen a tough

James Fallows on China take-off (1)

Below is the first in a series of email exchanges between myself and James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and a long-time China watcher. He\'s also a pilot and all-round aviation enthusiast. James\' new book, China Airborne, documents China\'s extraordinary aviation ambitions

Introducing our new defence feature

Tough defence decisions lie ahead for the Australian Government, which has committed to producing a new Defence White Paper in 2013. In the interests of an open and constructive discussion of these issues of critical national importance, the Lowy Institute is today introducing a new blog feature,

Commodity trade: Where the scrutiny?

Australia came through the 2008 global financial crisis in fine shape and has gone on growing at a good pace in a world where this is unusual, almost unique, for an advanced country. Even as commodity prices weaken, mining investment is running hot and profits are still growing quickly. You might

Reader riposte: An independent foreign policy

David Lang writes: When I think about the future of the United States in Asia, I become concerned with the myriad of challenges that Australia is likely to face. As has been eloquently explored across many public fora, the times they are a-changing. However, Daryl Morini\'s piece on Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser Whitlam Oration

Daryl Morini is a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland. He is Deputy Editor of e-International Relations. Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser\'s Whitlam Oration, delivered earlier this week, provided a fascinating and blunt discussion of Australia\'s role in the Asian Century.

Asian Century: Should I just relax?

In their different ways, both Daniel Woker and Richard Green told me last week that I was being a bit uptight about Australia\'s relations with Asia and perhaps overstating the stakes when I suggested that Australia\'s integration with Asia is a great national project on a par with reconciliation,

Reader riposte: What are the subs for?

Geoff Miller writes: Probably many readers of \'The Interpreter\' will have watched and listened to Stephen Smith over the last couple of days responding to questions on ABC TV and radio on David Uren\'s book, and its reported revelation of a \'secret chapter\' of the 2009 Defence White

Development: Australia and UK compared

Lawrence Haddad is Director of the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. I have been reading the post mortems on the Australian aid budget with some interest. Here in the UK, the postponement by one year of the Australian pledge to increase foreign aid spending to 0.5% of gross national

Are we blasé about democracy?

The Australian\'s Asia-Pacific Editor Rowan Callick (who was part of a panel discussion at the Lowy Institute on Tuesday to launch our annual poll) is, like many observers, concerned that Australians seem rather indifferent to democracy. The Lowy Institute\'s latest poll reveals that just 60

Reader riposte: Australia no e-diplomacy slouch

Dr Shannon Smith, a Jakarta-based public relations consultant who was Counsellor (Education) at the Australian Embassy, Jakarta, from 2005-2010, writes: The decline of Australian public diplomacy capabilities is at a critical point. At its lowest point in years, some have been looking

Asian Century Linkage: Burma, Green China, Kim Jong Il will and more

From a World Bank report: \'...the railway sector in China has been a pioneer in integrating environmental impact analysis and management into infrastructure projects.\' (H/t China Bystander.) And in related news, The Economist has a new report out on China\'s renewable energy sector. We\'re a

China digital spying: Smith precautions

John Garnaut reveals today that Defence Minister Stephen Smith and his entourage are taking no chances during their visit to China: The Herald has learnt Mr Smith and his entourage left mobile phones and laptops in Hong Kong before proceeding to mainland China, after such devices were

The 2012 Lowy Institute Poll is out

The 8th annual Lowy Institute Poll was released this morning. As usual, it covers a large number of foreign policy issues, but one fascinating set of findings dealt with the perennially controversial issue of migration. There\'s been a stink over the granting of some 1700 skilled migrant visas

A new age of diplomacy?

As media reports foreshadow more cuts in our already hollowed-out Australian diplomatic service, I can highly recommend a thought-provoking speech recently delivered to the Australian Institute of International Affairs in Canberra by the Director-General of ONA and inaugural Executive Director of

Asian security: Long climb to Shangri-La

Asia does some things differently. So the biggest annual gathering of Asia Pacific defence ministers and officials is a public-private partnership between the Singapore Government and a British think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, sponsored by worthy companies such as

Indonesia: What good for the Gaga...

Tom McCawley is a Jakarta-based journalist and analyst. Some Indonesians and foreign observers were perplexed at the Islamic moral outrage surrounding the cancelled visit of pop star Lady Gaga.  Gaga was scheduled to perform on 3 June, but promoters cancelled the event due to threats

The slow death of British Australia

Constantly I am amazed at how \'the British way\' retains its permeating influence in so many areas of Australian national life.  As the Queen prepares to celebrate her diamond jubilee, it is worth remembering that much of this country marks her birthday every year with a public holiday, a

Asian Century linkage: China, Toyota, Singapore, Facebook and more

High levels of hidden private consumption in China. Western Australia\'s love affair with Singapore. China is committed to expanding nuclear power generation, yet the regulatory environment is poor. Nice infographic of Facebook penetration in Asia. India is set to overtake the US as

ADF force structure: Flexibility is the key

LT COL Ben Pronk is from the Directorate of Army Research and Analysis. These are Ben\'s own views, not official policy or the position of the Australian Government, Defence Department, ADF or the Army. Sam is right. In arguing for the utility of a flexible and potent amphibious capability, I

Asian development in an Asian Century

David D Arnold (pictured) is president of The Asia Foundation. It is no wonder that political and economic analysts have dubbed our era \'The Asian Century\', and quite timely that we will soon be seeing the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century commissioned by Prime Minister Gillard

Reader riposte: Faith in Indonesia

Duncan Graham writes: Sam, I agree with your reasons regarding the lack of political will and add a couple more. The standard journalist\'s opening line for stories about Indonesia has been \'the world’s most populous Muslim nation\' for so long it must be embedded in the mind of

LHDs: Consular operations on steroids

It\'s taken me too long to respond to LT COL Ben Pronk\'s thoughts on the force structure debate. But before discussing the specifics, it\'s worth recognising the relative novelty of having a serving Army officer taking to an open forum such as this one to debate strategic policy. So, a tip of

Interview: Ambassador to Indonesia

Australia\'s Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty, dropped by the Lowy Institute on Monday to talk about his impressions of the country and Australia\'s relationship with Jakarta. Here\'s what Greg told me about how the country has changed since he was first posted there in the late \'90s. I also

Indonesia: Decades from now...

Our resident Indonesia expert Dave McRae interviewed Professor Hugh White recently about the long-term future of Indonesia, a future in which it will be stronger than Australia. The theme here is similar to those in Hugh\'s most recent post in our debate thread on Indonesia: what will it

Relax, Australia is already becoming Asian

Dr Daniel Woker is the former Swiss Ambassador to Australia, Singapore and Kuwait and now a Senior Lecturer at the University of St Gallen.  To Sam Roggeveen\'s crie de coeur that Australia\'s entry into the Asian Century must become a national project, akin to reconciliation

Indonesia: Australia must change

Four observations on the excellent debate on our relations with Indonesia and especially on Sam\'s most recent post, which takes us into some deep water. A favourable environment Sam is on to something with his analogy with multiculturalism. It goes to the heart of our approach to the region

Reader riposte: A great national project?

Richard Green writes: The idea of treating The Asian Century as a \'great national project\' akin to multiculturalism raises an interesting point about leadership. I think of Australian multiculturalism as one of the great successes of Australian history, yet the contribution of our leaders was

Asian Century: A great national project?

I\'ve found the responses to my Indonesia questions enlightening but I\'m not completely satisfied. I think I need to sharpen my argument a little. I\'ll start by asking a slightly different question: if all the steps recommended by Stephen Grenville, Fergus Hanson, Duncan Graham and Malcolm

How to improve Australia-Indonesia ties

Sam has provoked a nice discussion on the relationship with Indonesia, which I recently argued in The Australian \'must rank as one of our greatest foreign policy failures\'.I agree with what Malcolm Cook, Stephen Grenville and David McRae have suggested. These ideas all contribute towards Stephen\'

Know Indonesia, know thyself

Ariel Heryanto is an Associate Professor of Indonesian Studies, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.One fundamental issue has concerned me over and above the specific details about how to improve Australia-Indonesia relations being debated on the Interpreter. The number of Australians studying

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