What Was Australia Doing in Vietnam?

In July 1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson sent two of his principal advisers, Clark Clifford and Gen. Maxwell Taylor, to Australia and New Zealand with an urgent mission. Protests were raging in American streets and on university campuses. Hawks and doves were battling in Washington. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara was heading toward resignation, an admission that his Vietnam policy had failed.

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Foiled Australia plane plot directed by Islamic State: police


Update: August, 04/2017 – 10:57

Police continue to search a home in Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, 04 August 2017. Two men will face court on 04 August, in relation to an alleged Sydney-based terror plot to bring down a plane, which included an aborted attempt to place an improvised explosive device on a flight out of Sydney. – EPA/VNA Photo

SYDNEY — A senior Islamic State commander directed a group of Australian men to build a bomb destined for an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney, with a second poisonous gas plot also in the works, police alleged Friday.

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Australia police: Melbourne attack ‘act of terrorism’

Al Jazeera

Gunman reportedly claims to be ISIL after killing one and wounding three police officers in attack.

The Buckingham Serviced Apartments in Melbourne after the shooting on Monday [Julian Smith via Reuters]

Australian police are treating a deadly siege in the southern city of Melbourne as an “act of terrorism” after a claim by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, known as ISIS) group that one of its fighters was the gunman responsible.

Police shot dead Yacqub Khayre on Monday after he held a woman hostage inside an apartment building in Melbourne, Australia‘s second-largest city. Tiếp tục đọc

Chinese premier warns Australia ‘taking sides’ could lead to new cold war

Li Keqiang says Beijing pursues foreign policy of peace and seeks ‘development paths suited to our traditions’

Chinese premier Li Keqiang told Malcolm Turnbull that Beijing respects Australia’s foreign policy.
Chinese premier Li Keqiang told Malcolm Turnbull that Beijing respects Australia’s foreign policy. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, has warned China does not want to see a new cold war, emphasising that throughout his country’s history, peace has “always been the most precious thing”.

With increasing tensions in the South China Sea a significant backdrop to his visit to Australia, Li told parliamentarians in Canberra on Thursday that China did not want to see countries “taking sides, as happened during the cold war”. Tiếp tục đọc

Chinese ballet show draws protests for ‘glorifying Red Army’

Minister says staging The Red Detachment of Women is a privilege but protest organiser says government needs to understand what the story is about

Red Detachment of Women
A performance of The Red Detachment of Women in Tianjin, China. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters


Protesters in Melbourne have called for a boycott of a visiting Chinese ballet performance that they say “glorifies the Red Army”.

The National Ballet of China is performing The Red Detachment of Women, created in 1964, , at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.

The state minister for creative industry, Martin Foley, said staging the ballet was a “privilege”, but protest organiser Frank Ruan described it as “like putting salt on the wounds of some Chinese people”. Tiếp tục đọc

International Criminal Court told Australia’s detention regime could be a crime against humanity

Submission argues ICC should investigate possible crimes ‘committed by individuals and corporate actors’

Asylum seekers on Manus Island in 2014
Asylum seekers on Manus Island in 2014. The Global Legal Action Network says Australia’s immigration detention regime could constitute a crime against humanity. Photograph: Eoin Blackwell/AAP

Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime could constitute a crime against humanity, a petition before the International Criminal Court from a coalition of legal experts has alleged.

On Monday morning, GMT, a 108-page legal submission from the Global Legal Action Network (Glan) and the Stanford International Human Rights Clinic was submitted to the court, detailing what the network describes as the “harrowing practices of the Australian state and corporations towards asylum seekers”. The petition submits the office of the prosecutor of the ICC should open an investigation into possible “crimes against humanity committed by individuals and corporate actors”.

“As recent leaks reveal, these privatised facilities entail long-term detention in inhumane conditions, often including physical and sexual abuse of adults and children,” Glan said in a statement. Tiếp tục đọc

TQ trong vòng vây hàng trăm căn cứ Mỹ

VNY – 8 thg 1, 2017

Tuy vừa rồi tàu sân bay TQ đã đột phá chuỗi đảo thứ nhất nhưng Trung Quốc vẫn đang bị bao vây trong hàng trăm căn cứ của Mỹ.

Vietnam, Australia hold fourth deputy-ministerial strategic dialogue

VN People’s Army Newspaper

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 3:3 (GMT+7)
PANO – Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 10:26 (GMT+7)

PANO – Vietnam and Australia held the fourth foreign-defense strategic dialogue at the deputy-ministerial level on November 21 in Hanoi.

The Vietnamese delegation was led by Deputy Defense Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh and Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy. The Australian delegation was led by its Deputy Secretary Defense People Rebecca Skinners and Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Gary Quinlan.

At the dialogue. Photo: mod.gov.vn

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Mạng TQ liệt kê 7 nước sẵn sàng cho cuộc chiến với họ

VNY – Sep 9, 2016

Trang mạng Bộc Phong Quân Sự của Trung Quốc hôm 15/8 bàn luận rằng nếu đại chiến nổ ra có ít nhất 7 nước sẵn sàng cho cuộc chiến với họ.

Những lợi ích chung trong mối quan hệ gần gũi hơn giữa Úc và Việt Nam

NCBĐ – Thứ năm, 05 Tháng 11 2015 10:15

Có 2 lý do lý giải tại sao Việt Nam nên được đặt ưu tiên trong chính sách đối ngoại của Úc: Thứ nhất, Úc là cường quốc bậc trung cần phải đa dạng hóa các mối quan hệ. Thứ hai, giống như Việt Nam, Úc phải tìm cách quản lý, kiểm soát quan hệ với cả Mỹ và Trung Quốc vì những lý do lịch sử, kinh tế và chiến lược.

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Long Tan commemoration cancelled, then rescheduled with modifications agreed upon by Vietnamese and Australian PMs

For Aussies and New Zealanders, the Battle of Long Tan is the highlight of their wartime experience in Viet Nam, a singular event in which an outnumbered force of ANZAC infantry and artillery held off more than 1500 Viet Cong, inflicting serious casualties while suffering relatively few casualties of their own. Over the years, Vietnamese authorities have quietly permitted groups of Australian and New Zealand veterans to return on special occasions to commemorate the battle at the site near the beach resort town of Vung Tau. This year, the event threatened to balloon out of proportion and the Vietnamese cancelled their authorization at the last minute, later amending the decision to permit a much smaller event as had been the practice in the past. The situation has stirred considerable comment, not unlike the controversy surrounding the appointment of former Sen. Bob Kerrey to be Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the new Fulbright University Vietnam. Kerrey, who eventually admitted his role as a U.S. Navy Seal in the killing of more than a dozen Vietnamese women, children, and old men in a nighttime raid intended to wipe out suspected Viet Cong, has said he does not intend to step down from his appointment despite the controversy. Tiếp tục đọc

Vietnam Lifts Ban on Australian Commemoration of 1966 Battle

AUG. 18, 2016, 1:45 A.M. E.D.T.

New York Time

VUNG TAU, Vietnam — Under pressure from top Australian officials, Vietnam on Thursday lifted its sudden ban on veterans who had traveled to the country to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia’s most costly battle of the Vietnam War, with the government allowing low-key commemorations. Tiếp tục đọc

Thư ngỏ gửi Thủ tướng Australia về vấn đề Hồ sơ Panama

AA – Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 10:22

Thưa Ngài Thủ tướng,

Chúng tôi đại diện cho một bộ phận người dân Australia đến từ nhiều nơi và nhiều ngành nghề khác nhau có cùng chung sự tin tưởng rằng xã hội của chúng ta phải được xây dựng trên một nền tảng bình đẳng và công bằng. Tiếp tục đọc

Post CEO remembers starting the Vietnam Investment Review in the early 90s

Fri, 25 January 2013 Phnom Penh Post

When Post Media Ltd CEO Chris Dawe first landed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in the late 1980s, the business landscape was barren and there wasn’t much infrastructure for taking care of visitors.

“I vividly remember stepping off the plane and walking into a tin shed where my suitcase was delivered on the back of a truck and from there it was placed in a pile which I then had to find as everybody together scrambled to find theirs, no trolleys – total confusion,” Dawe said.

“Finally after escaping customs, there were no taxis no anything just thousands of locals surrounding me and offering me everything from foodstuffs to women. I finally succumbed to the pressure and accepted a lift in a cyclo to eventually arrive at my hotel exhausted.” Tiếp tục đọc

Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor: Opportunity for U.S., Indian, & ASEAN Statesmanship

by  • September 2, 2015

By James Wallar

The Gokteik Viaduct in western Shan State, Myanmar, built in 1900 by the Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction company. Plans for greater connectivity between India and Southeast Asia will require upgrading infrastructure in east India, Myanmar, and neighboring Bangladesh. Source: Lacest20's flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.

The Gokteik Viaduct in western Shan State, Myanmar, built in 1900 by Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction. Plans for greater connectivity between India and Southeast Asia will require upgrading infrastructure in east India, Myanmar, and neighboring Bangladesh. Source: Lacest20’s flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.

CogitASIA – The U.S. administration’s rebalance toward Asia is fundamental to U.S. economic, commercial, and security interests and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the fulcrum for the economic pivot. Although facing headwinds typical in the end game of trade negotiations, the smart money is on the TPP delivering the most advanced trade agreement ever. Tiếp tục đọc