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?

Welcome to The Analyst – International Relations Blog

Update: 14 April 2018. By Andrew Reynolds. Since I first launched this blog back in 2014, I have graduated with first class honours from a Master’s degree in International Relations (Research Studies)  –  La Trobe University. I am currently seeking work in strategic analysis and strategic communications fields. By Andrew Reynolds, 30 May  2014 Welcome to my blog. I am a graduate student studying for my Masters … Continue reading Welcome to The Analyst – International Relations Blog