Against strategic pessimism

THE HONOURABLE TONY ABBOTT MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WARRINGAH   On my first meeting as prime minister with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, I described Japan as “Australia’s best friend in Asia”. Some months later, Prime Minister Abe deftly rescued me from the difficulty that had created by upgrading the friendship between Japan and Australia to … Continue reading Against strategic pessimism

Hong Kong threatens Beijing’s grip on power

In the tapestry that constitutes Chinese mainland politics is the glaring anomaly of Hong Kong's comparatively democratic society. It's essentially a hangover from colonial rule, after the departing British garrison won key concessions from the communists who replaced them. Of all things, the agreement between China and the UK over Hong Kong lasts for 50 … Continue reading Hong Kong threatens Beijing’s grip on power

New Zealand needs a navy

Having only purchased two of the planned four Anzac class frigates in it's last capital ship acquisition, then failed to keep the two vessels adequately upgraded, Wellington now faces some difficult choices. Does it cut and run from its vast maritime responsibilities, or is there a will to pay up and meet them? Because, currently, … Continue reading New Zealand needs a navy

Turkish forces reach outskirts of Afrin town: monitor

(Reuters) - Turkish forces have reached the outskirts of the town of Afrin after a weeks-long campaign against a Kurdish militia in northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitoring group said on Saturday. Turkey and allied Syrian rebel groups it supports are advancing on the town from the east under intense bombardment, … Continue reading Turkish forces reach outskirts of Afrin town: monitor