Outer space has assumed an increasingly important position in the Japan-US alliance. Japan's engagement in regional community-building through a multilateral space forum challenges China's aspiration to lead regional cooperation in outer space.
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There is nothing sinister in the federal government’s desire to control Australia’s foreign policy. However, proposed legislation to scrutinise “arrangements” between foreign governments and Australia’s states, localities, and public universities fails to recognise the role of subnational actors in promoting economic opportunities and increasing diplomatic engagement.