Australian Warships Challenged by China in South China Sea: Why are we Being Told?

By Andrew Reynolds | 22 April 2018 According to reports this week, three Australian warships – ANZAC class frigates HMAS Toowoomba, HMAS Anzac and Durance class replenishment oiler HMAS Success – had their freedom of passage through the South China Sea challenged by warships from China’s PLA Navy sometime in the past month. In this latest incident, the Australian ships were en route from The Philippines’ Subic Bay and Malaysia’s … Continue reading Australian Warships Challenged by China in South China Sea: Why are we Being Told?

China-Australia FTA: What are the security implications for Australia?

By Andrew Reynolds, 24 November, 2014 The recently announced China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) – due to come into effect in 2015 – marks a significant step forward in the growing integration of Sino-Australian economic interests. Significant, because historically, the increasing economic enmeshment brought about by growing bilateral trading ties precludes – or at least significantly reduces- the likelihood of conflict. As regional littoral states in the … Continue reading China-Australia FTA: What are the security implications for Australia?

Indo-Australian Security Alliance Challenges

By Andrew Reynolds, 17 June 2014 Indonesia and Australia share one overwhelming reason for strengthening security ties, and that reason is China. Clint Richards at The Diplomat this morning has some interesting thoughts on collective security options available to Indonesia to counter China’s increasingly assertive posture in the South China Sea. Not surprisingly, the two main contenders he lists for possible maritime security partners are … Continue reading Indo-Australian Security Alliance Challenges