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

vietnamnews

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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North Korea threatens to sink approaching US carrier

Al Jazeera

Rhetoric rises as Pyongyang also warns Australia of a nuclear attack if it joins any US strike on the communist nation.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is expected to reach the Korean peninsula within days [Sean M Castellano/US Navy via Reuters]

North Korea threatened on Sunday to sink a US aircraft carrier cruising towards the tense Korean peninsula, and said it would strike Australia with nuclear weapons if it “blindly” followed its American ally.

The latest warnings from Pyongyang came as two Japanese navy ships joined the American supercarrier strike group for exercises in the western Pacific. 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.

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

Live cattle exports to Vietnam have been banned after more animal cruelty allegations

The rules of the Great Game with China are just about to change

Filipino student activists hold mock Chinese ships to protest recent island-building in the South China Sea.
Filipino student activists hold mock Chinese ships to protest recent island-building in the South China Sea. AP

by Chris Flynn

We have just passed through a major pivot of history. As is often the case, even when we know great changes are coming, we don’t always see them until we’re on the other side. While we still have a way to go, the axis of this particular pivot is now just behind us. 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

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