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