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?

South China Sea: Fiery Cross Reef a Signpost to Chinese Security Policy

By Andrew Reynolds, 5 December 2014. Despite Chinese President Xi Jinping’s insistence on China’s “peaceful rise“, China’s ongoing program of island reclamations and infrastructure development in the Spratly Islands threatens regional stability. Regional states remain concerned about China’s long-term strategy for the South China Sea (SCS). A recent IHS Jane’s article detailed China’s recent land-reclamation project on Fiery Cross Reef, in the Spratly Islands. According to the Jane’s report, China … Continue reading South China Sea: Fiery Cross Reef a Signpost to Chinese Security Policy

China’s J-31 Multi-role Fighter: Export Cinderella or White Elephant?

By Adrian Calderaro, 4 December 2014. China’s new J-31 took to the skies for its first ever public appearance at the Zhuhai airshow in late November, however of more interest is the plastic scale model that was featured inside the air-show exposition. The less than envelope-pushing aerial display of the prototype J-31 did not reveal anything that was not already known about the aircraft. Its design appears … Continue reading China’s J-31 Multi-role Fighter: Export Cinderella or White Elephant?

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?

China’s Oil Rig Diplomacy

By Andrew Reynolds, 15 June 2014 China’s current oil rig crisis with Vietnam is not in essence a sovereignty dispute – it is all about China asserting power China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC’s) May 2 towing of oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 into the South China Sea (SCS), 120 nautical miles off the Vietnam coast and ostensibly within Vietnam’s 200nm continental shelf Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), … Continue reading China’s Oil Rig Diplomacy