Australia won’t bite its tongue, Defence Minister warns in clear signal to China

Defence Minister Marise Payne has issued a coded but clear demand on China not to bully other countries that disagree with it.

In a speech to military and political leaders from Asia and the Pacific region on Saturday, Senator Payne will say that no one country can tear up the system of international rules – which she pointedly notes has let countries such as China grow and prosper peacefully.

Senator Marise Payne listens to Foreign Affairs Secretary Frances Adamson during estimates.
Senator Marise Payne listens to Foreign Affairs Secretary Frances Adamson during estimates.Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

In the speech to the Shangri-La dialogue in Singapore, Senator Payne makes it clear Australia will continue calling out behaviour that tries unilaterally to change what Australia and its allies call “the rules-based order”.

While she doesn’t name China, Senator Payne makes thinly veiled references to China’s behaviour, making it apparent the Turnbull government means to keep pressing Beijing over issues such as the South China Sea and foreign interference even as it tries to improve the relationship after a rocky six months. Continue reading “Australia won’t bite its tongue, Defence Minister warns in clear signal to China”

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Australia’s foreign policy White Paper: What does it say, and what does it mean?

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After a long wait, the Federal Government has finally unveiled its foreign policy White Paper.

It’s a big deal. The White Paper is meant to transcend party loyalties and shape Australia’s approach to the world for more than a decade. Continue reading “Australia’s foreign policy White Paper: What does it say, and what does it mean?”

Australia in plans to export colossal amounts of wind and solar energy to Southeast Asia

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An international consortium of energy companies has presented its plans to develop a 6 gigawatt (GW) solar and wind hybrid project in Western Australia, designed to export clean energy to Indonesia through subsea cables.

Western Australia is set to take advantage of its significant solar and wind resources to export renewable energy to Indonesia, contributing significantly to the country’s clean energy future and energy security through reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels.

The proposed project is called Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) and is another mega energy project which underlines the significant opportunities that domestic renewable resources can provide for countries to become the ‘new’ energy exporters.

The hybrid power plant would be spread over 14,000 square km in flat desert land on the north-west coast of Australia.

It would comprise approximately 1,200 wind turbines supplied by Vestas, and 10 million solar panels with an aggregated capacity of 6GW – enough electricity to power more than 7 million households. Continue reading “Australia in plans to export colossal amounts of wind and solar energy to Southeast Asia”

Australian ministers write to China to confirm approval of Carmichael mine

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary says Adani may have requested letter to help secure Chinese funding

Protesters depict Malcolm Turnbull and the Adani founder.
Protesters depict Turnbull and Adani founder. Australian banks have ruled out lending to the project. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Senior Turnbull government ministers have written a formal letter to China’s government to confirm that the controversial Adani Carmichael coal project in Queensland has passed all necessary environmental approvals. Continue reading “Australian ministers write to China to confirm approval of Carmichael mine”

Australia drops anti dumping case

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Update: September, 14/2017 – 05:00

A worker operates a steel pressing machine at Hoa Sen Group’s factory in Phú Mỹ I Industrial Zone, Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Tràng Dương
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — After a year of thorough investigation of the anti-dumping and anti-subsidisation case on Vietnamese galvanised steel, the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) has closed the subject. No further anti-dumping subsidies will be imposed.. Continue reading “Australia drops anti dumping case”

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

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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’

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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. Continue reading “Australia police: Melbourne attack ‘act of terrorism’”

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”. Continue reading “Chinese premier warns Australia ‘taking sides’ could lead to new cold war”

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

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

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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”. Continue reading “Chinese ballet show draws protests for ‘glorifying Red Army’”

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. Continue reading “International Criminal Court told Australia’s detention regime could be a crime against humanity”

Vietnam, Australia hold fourth deputy-ministerial strategic dialogue

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

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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.

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