Материалы: ‘The South Pacific’

Time for a dose of Vladimir Putin’s realism in Australia

Russian President Vladimir Putin caused a tea-cup storm on the eve of a summit of the world’s 20 largest economies with this searing observation: “Every crime must have its punishment. The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population”. Western leaders lined up to […]

Pence: Trump won’t repeat Korea mistakes

(NOVEMBER 15, 2018) US Vice President Mike Pence says Donald Trump plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the new year but won’t repeat past mistakes of allowing promises to be broken on pledges to end arms programs. The United States and North Korea have been discussing a second meeting between their […]

UN condemns North Korea rights violations

(NOVEMBER 16, 2018) A key United Nations committee has adopted a resolution condemning North Korea’s “longstanding and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights” and strongly urged its government to immediately end the abuses. The General Assembly’s human rights committee approved the resolution by consensus after Sudan failed in an attempt to delete […]

North Korea tests new ‘tactical’ weapon

(NOVEMBER 17, 2018) North Korea’s leader has witnessed the test of a newly developed high-tech weapon, the country’s state media reports, while Pyongyang also released a US prisoner, sending conflicting signals at a time of sensitive negotiations. Kim Jong-un’s visit to the test site of what North Korea’s state media called a “tactical weapon” that […]

Pompeo warns Seoul over Korea ties

(NOVEMBER 21, 2018) The United States has told its ally South Korea it should not improve ties with North Korea faster than Pyongyang takes steps to give up its nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says. Speaking on Tuesday as a working group with South Korea to coordinate North Korean policy held an […]

North Korea still using main nuclear site

(NOVEMBER 23, 2018) North Korea appears to be still expanding operations at its main nuclear site, the UN atomic watchdog indicates. The statement by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday is a further sign that North Korea is pressing ahead with its atomic activities despite pressure from the United States for […]

Vasilenko S.A. – The influence of the crisis in Ukraine on Russian-Australian relations

Vasilenko Sergey Andreevich, 5th year student of the Faculty of Oriental Studies and History, Pedagogical Institute of the Pacific National University (Khabarovsk) Abstract: The crisis in Ukraine has changed not only Russia’s relations with European countries, but also with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia. The sanctions imposed by Australia against Russia and […]

Australia and China: Do Bitlateral Relations Get Even More Complicated?

Australia and China have a long history of mutually beneficial cooperation. Over the past five years, bilateral trade volume has grown by about fifty percent, and that was before signing the Free Trade Agreement between the countries, which took place in June 2015. Both countries make their respective mutual investments, Australian companies are widely represented […]

The story of the Abbott government

by Peter Hartcher November 29 to December 3. Sense of mission: Abbott took to national security with table-thumping zeal, much to the chagrin of agency heads and ministers. Malcolm Turnbull was nothing if not forthright in telling Tony Abbott his shortcomings. On one occasion, Turnbull found himself in an Adelaide pub drinking beer with a […]

Australia To Build New Naval Fleet in $65B Package

SYDNEY — Australia has announced an AUS $89 billion (US $65 billion) shipbuilding package to construct new frigates and patrol boats locally, with a decision on an international supplier for replacement submarines to be made “in coming months.” The “continuous shipbuilding” proposal, which involves the replacement of frigates, patrol boats and submarines over two decades, […]