China has regularly published official maps since at least 2006 to “correct” what it views as “problematic maps” that it claims misrepresents its territorial borders. The August 2023 map, published on China’s Ministry of Natural Resources website, includes the entirety of the South China Sea (SCS), Taiwan, the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, and the disputed Aksai-Chin plateau.
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On the 31st of January this year, Foreign Minister Penny Wong gave a speech at King’s College in London where she urged the United Kingdom to confront its colonial past. She referred to her own family’s experiences with British colonialism and acknowledged that “such stories can sometimes feel uncomfortable – for those whose stories they are, and for those who hear them.”
Australia and Indonesia share many interests, including upholding international law and norms, particularly on questions of sovereignty. With China's ongoing assertions in Indonesian waters, new diplomatic space has opened to consider boosting ties to encompass a Special Strategic Partnership.
We live in a world where ever-increasing global warming is inducing environmental catastrophe at an alarming rate. In order to avoid surpassing the 1.5° Celsius threshold set by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we will require a mobilisation of industrial might and technological innovation on a global scale never seen before.