With the world facing increasing uncertainty providing many challenges for Australia’s international relations from Hong Kong and Beijing to Washington and Moscow, foreign minister Julie Bishop will deliver the keynote speech at the AIIA’s National Conference in Canberra later this month. Senior NSW members are participating, and at least a dozen...More >
“One Country Two Systems”: How Special is Hong Kong now it is a “Special Administrative Region” of China?
Hong Kong students have mounted spirited protests at Beijing’s moves to restrict their democratic freedoms. Why have things come to this pass? How does Beijing view developments in the former British colonial territory? Do Hong Kong citizens not enjoy many special rights and privileges compared with mainland compatriots? [caption...More >
China makes many territorial claims on the basis of history. However, when we examine these claims, we may discover that they lack merit. One such case is Taiwan, a nation of 23 million people (the same as Australia) that has democratised in the past twenty-five years. Taiwan had no permanent Chinese communities until the Dutch (1624-1662) imported...More >