After the collapse in political trust in recent years, it is understandable that Beijing remains sceptical about Canberra's intentions.
Collective security that is exclusive and confrontational will only lead to more conflict and fear in the Asia-Pacific, and the “success” of collective security comes at the cost of the “failure” of regional security. There is no reason for Asia-Pacific countries to accept the preaching and seduction of a serial loser.
Asia-Pacific security is facing a contest of two mindsets. The US pushes the idea of alliance and coterie that targets third parties while China advocates a "new security concept" embodied in the Global Security Initiative.
It is hoped that Canberra would take concrete measures to work with China for a new and better future of the bilateral relationship.
Washington's renewed political and economic investment in the Pacific region has ulterior political motives. What previously served as its nuclear weapon testing grounds and nuclear waste dumping ground is now conceived to be an arena for its strategic contestation with China.
While China's views on order and security embody international justice, the US focuses solely on its own interests, which override, in Washington's eyes, that of all other countries: China, Russia, and even its own allies and partners.
Wendy Sherman's visit clearly tanked and failed to raise hope of revitalizing Philippine-US relations. The US “China threat” ruse does not work anymore. The Philippines and China are and will continue to be the most robust friends.
As a peacefully developing country, China has never threatened any nations with force in the region. Washington should not overly hype so-called security issues, particularly the “China threat” theory. If the US seeks to see everything, including non-security topics, through the lens of “security,” achieving its ambitions in the region will only become a mission impossible.
If the Indian side wants to improve China-India relations, the ball is actually in India's court. Indian policymakers should change their hostile attitude toward China and completely abandon their opportunistic policy toward China.
The US effort to interfere in regional cooperation, provoke decoupling and pressure other countries to participate in the confrontation between major powers shows the mind-set of the political elite in Washington, whose body has entered the 21st century but whose brain is still in the old era of the Cold War.
Australia's attitude to the Pacific is paternalistic and neocolonial. Australia should adopt a more respectful approach to the Pacific island countries and to treat them as equals rather than subservient partners: former Australian diplomat
The reason why China's presence is welcomed is that China can improve the livelihood of locals and unleash the economic potential of resources of local people in the rural Solomon Islands where the 80 percent of the population resides.
The reality is that the Chinese-Solomon Island pact is more about Beijing asserting its economic and diplomatic strength than any military muscle flexing.
Kishida administration's participation in the IPEF will not only fail to achieve the desired goals, but will also hinder deepening development of China-Japan economic ties and even Asia-Pacific regional economic cooperation, disrupting Japan's own economic recovery.
IPEF, in name of promoting regional “freedom and openness,” aims at pulling allies to engage in scientific and technological monopoly, and building a US-centered exclusive economic parallel system in Asia, which will probably lead to a new cold war.
Although Japan is keen to contain and confront China –it is an important reason why Japan has deepened its alliance with the US and its multilateral cooperation, Japan may not always blindly follow the US.
It seems like a joke that the first substantive security action of Quad is aimed at Chinese fishing boats.
The US is willing to promote Japan to become a vanguard in supporting its effort to contain China and Tokyo is very willing to assume such a role. Japan's subservience to US will strain China ties, threaten regional security.
Frankly, when it comes to the Quad, a Labor government won't make any major changes, apart from perhaps small differences. This is exactly the challenge and an urgent task Australia confronts – will it open its own playbook on diplomacy, or endlessly follow that of the US?
Biden admin has sought to make Quad the dominant mechanism for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. Will it work?
With such an ambition, India would never want to be a pawn of the US like the other two Quad members, who have long fully cooperated and implemented US directives, serving as little more than hatchet men of the US.
China's cooperation with South Pacific Island countries is solely for the purpose of regional peace & development, and is out of its responsibility. Western hysteria stems out of their selfishness, ignoring interests of these island countries.
Will Albanese bring sensible changes to Australia's outlook of China and to its China policy, and take concrete measures to steer bilateral relations to a new course? Only time will tell.
In view of the differences in political systems and ideologies between China and Australia, as well as the fact that Australia is a staunch ally of the US and that it has always closely followed the US' lead in history, Australia will ultimately lean to the US at critical moments. We must pay close attention to any changes in Australia's policy toward China and avoid misjudgment.
Between now and June 30 when the new president is sworn in, we will see how a BBM-Sara governance take shape.
Japan and the EU should learn from history. Japan should not add fuel to the acute geopolitical contradictions in Europe, and Europe should not become a spoiler for the already complicated security affairs in East Asia.
We have to pay full attention to the Quad's intentions to contain China and be on guard even though the group is nothing significant in terms of power. The Quad is nothing to be afraid of, not even if it expands.
Even though it is still too early to predict the policies of the next Singaporean prime minister, it is certain that the country will not easily give up its balanced strategy when it comes to China and the US.
It is necessary for the international community to stop Japan's plan to discharge contaminated water into the sea. A better strategy would be to first request the ICJ to issue an advisory opinion on the illegality of the discharge.
The Solomon Islands does not need any other country's consent to enter into a bilateral pact. Its statesmen have the equal political wisdom and governance ability as those in Washington & Canberra to make prudently judgment and judicious decisions.
The US is the biggest influence behind China-Australia relations and it is the root cause of Australia's headache.
Will South Korea consider joining the Quad? China respects South Korea's cooperation with other countries or organizations, but such cooperation should not be achieved at the expense of China's national interests.
Much attention has been paid to the fact that the Ukraine crisis has brought US and Europe much closer together, but all too little attention has been given to India's growing distance from the US and what this might mean for the future.
Patronizing arrogance might best describe the attitude of the ruling LNP in Australia toward Pacific Island states and their people. It is insulting for Australia to use the term Pacific family when there is little respect or meaning behind it.
CNN on Friday optimistically reported: “Even some on Biden's own national security team were surprised at how quickly some US allies in Asia… were willing to slap sanctions on Russia following its invasion.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday “expressed his understanding of India's position on the crisis in Ukraine,” some Indian media outlets cited India's Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla as saying. This line came after Morrison and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi concluded a virtual summit on the same day.
The US' intention is clear: to use ASEAN countries as tools against China. But those Southeast Asian countries won't be fooled.
The main goal of US' special summit with ASEAN leaders is to present and market its upgraded Indo-Pacific Strategy. But it will be of no use without US capacity or willingness to contribute to the region's economic development.
Morrison's lines sound like an 'Iron Curtain' speech.
Human rights are a sign of the progress of human civilization. Japan needs to pay more attention to and improve its own human rights situation. It has to effectively and efficiently solve its human rights abuses. If a country does not take its human rights problems seriously but points its finger at others based on political manipulation, it won't be taken seriously.
With the implementation of the MCC, US military forces might further infiltrate Nepal in line with the compact. This has already been taking place for years in many forms. The US' intention is clear: It aims to obstruct the BRI construction in South Asia, as well as undermine the security and stability of China's southwestern frontier.
China should be on alert. The US may take Nepal's case as a model and continue to promote the same strategy in other parts of Asia, in an attempt to seek more infiltration and influence in the region, with an eye on China. China should learn a lesson from it and apply more efforts in its neighborhood diplomacy.
In the 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South Korea, no president has been able to undermine the overall foundation of bilateral relations once taking office. Even if the PPP is in power, it will not make major adjustments in the China-South Korea partnership. We should have confidence and expect the relationship, which has entered a relatively mature stage, to continue to move forward.
In general, China takes a rather neutral position on the Ukrainian issue and such a position has never changed. Smearing China-Russian relations shows the Western diplomacy's inaction toward Russia, or even its failure.
Tensions rose in Ukraine, and the root causes are the aftermaths of 2014 Color Revolution in Ukraine and NATO expansion. US takes greatest responsibility for current tensions, and will not be restrained unless suffering losses to its own economy.
The Morrison government is now brainwashing the Australian public by inciting fear and panic with shameless lies about China.
Nepal's attitude toward the MCC over the past five years is quite representative of China's neighboring countries.
Quad+ is not a new topic. However, at a time when China has sufficient economic dynamism and market opportunities, ASEAN is unlikely to be fully drawn in to the US Indo-Pacific Strategy or Quad expansion.
India will take advantage of the relationship among China, the US and Russia to seek a favorable position out of such a speculative mentality. Between China and the US, India will continue to pursue a dynamic balance. New Delhi needs Washington's endorsement in dealing with China. Meanwhile, as China is an important neighbor, India will not completely sour China-India relations. India will not become a frontline country in countering China as the US hopes to see, because it will go against India's national interests.
Lithuania's unthinkable move on the Taiwan question may have been to test China's tolerance on the issue. The results of the test were seen by both Australia and the US.
The biggest havoc that Morrison has wreaked on Australia's international reputation and economic soundness, however, is the reckless impairments he made to Australia's relations with its largest trade partner, China.
In China, because the people believe in the government and believe that the government looks after them, they impose discipline on themselves. That's a very impressive treat in China.
However, there are still powerful forces that want to maintain the status quo in an attempt to hegemonize Asia. They spread the politics of fear and hate in the form of Sinophobia, Russophobia and Islamophobia. People of Pakistan, China and Russia have little choice but to defeat and overcome these challenges by preserving their unity for the heart of Asia.
Over these 30 years, a new spirit of cooperation between Central Asian countries and China increases rapidly and it has withstood the test of time. This spirit is about mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development. These days, this spirit is widely known as the “Shanghai spirit” and can be found within the most significant Belt and Road Initiative, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other joint projects and initiatives.
The US' watchful eye and its support for India has injected uncertainty in Central Asia. This deserves attention from all sides. In other words, cooperation to promote peace, stability and development in Central Asia is welcome, but moves to create confrontation and stir up turmoil will definitely not be accepted by countries in the region.
There is a segment of the Indian scholars that has been constantly barking over China-related issues. They have repeatedly shown to the world their low political IQ - they push India to the forefront of the anti-China campaign, wishing to turn the country into a second Australia. Their pretentious and far-fetched logic to drive a wedge between China and the rest of the world is laughable.
By trying to navigate in the legalistic grey zone between civil and military operations, employing the US Coast Guard as a proxy for US Naval presence, the US is only fooling itself and, by extension, its allies.
We hope that in the second half of the century of relations and in the new chapter of cooperation that is based on the consensus of the leaders of the two countries, we see more and more development of cooperation and multi-faceted promotion of relations.
After Australia's highly controversial plan to build up a fleet of at least 12 nuclear-powered submarines, announced in September 2021 with the establishment of the AUKUS alliance, Canberra has unusually quickened the pace to further upgrade and expand its all-round military capacity.
The presence and influence of Western countries and foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Kazakhstan might give some clues.
China is the target of Quad, but it is not a foe of any country. Therefore, the security mechanism of Quad will not function at an extreme scale like the confrontation between the US and the Soviet Union. Quad can hardly function as a true alliance and will not have any real impact on China.
Extremism and terrorism cannot be solved in one single way due to the complex social, historical, religious, and ethnic backgrounds of extremism.
Diversity is our advantage since we can complement one another when sharing the same values and wishes - the prosperity of our motherlands, our nations, our families and closest ties.
The Kazakhstan turmoil has again reassured a close-knit Russia-China partnership since both countries have deprecated infiltrated groups of foreign-backed terrorists and opposed external forces "fomenting color revolution."
India is not a true ally of the US. The two sides will engage in military cooperation on the basis of mutual utilization with a sense of suspicion. Therefore, India's defense cooperation with the US and US allies is loose and lacks sincerity.
The US cannot accept a strong China, but is it willing to see a strong India?
Australia's review of Darwin Port proves the innocence of the Chinese firm's lease. But it doesn't rule out the possibility that Australia's China hawks may seek another groundless excuse to slander the lease. Their manner toward China is radical.
The China-ASEAN strategic partnership for shared growth and a community with a shared future offers guidelines and cooperation opportunities to realize sustainable development goals.
The Modi administration has made the decision to appoint Pradeep Kumar Rawat, a “China hand,” as Indian ambassador to China, which is itself a signal. India may want to seek a breakthrough amid current stalemate in bilateral relations.
Isn't it ironic that a country that has suffered a nuclear strike by the US now has to rely on Washington's “nuclear umbrella” and use Washington's “first-use of nuclear weapons” policy as a nuclear deterrent?
America may be trying to insert a wedge among ASEAN countries. However, this is unlikely to work in the way US hopes and affect ASEAN member states' centrality stand on US-China rivalry.
Frankly speaking, it is high time for all those concerned to get a reality check. There are actually many success stories that have been realized in Gwadar.
“Were it not for the Americans” is almost an answer linked to most of the problems we have in the world.
The US wants to control India. However, India wants to use the US' power to contain China and benefit from the China-US competition to boost its own economic development and enhance its status on the global stage.
Americans, it seems, have short memories. The people of China and South Korea do not.
As there is still the possibility that Japan will make more moves to overstep the boundaries in the future, we need to continue to be wary of Tokyo's increased cooperation with Washington in the area of military security.
Given India's balancing act of diplomacy, New Delhi will not distance itself from Moscow for the sake of catering to Washington.
For Australian producers, watching US competitors pick up their lost sales in China, hearing the Morrison govt repeat ad nauseam the line that the US stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Canberra is a frustrating experience.
Dutton rattled his sabre long and loud against China. He intends to strike fear of China into the heart of every swing voter. It was electioneering at a time when the prospects for the LNP being reelected are falling.
Australian “tough guy” leaders have been happy to engage with like-minded types in the US.
There is a worrying humanitarian crisis across Afghanistan. There's been a total liquidity crisis. Banks are hardly working. Business has just stopped. Support of any country that seeks to assist Afghanistan is welcomed.
We want to remind the Morrison government that reckless harassment and attack are bound to failure; in fact those that provoke such outrage will pay a heavy price.
Australians are aware of the dire consequences of a war. However, as mainstream Australian media are deeply influenced by the US, there is rare anti-war voice.
Upon the ASEAN-China Special Summit to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations, it is worth recalling the achievements of bilateral cooperation in the maritime field.
India has so many places to spend money at home. Before boosting military muscles, India may as well compete with China on the fair treatment of its farmers first.
Even if the US exerts further pressure, it will be difficult for Washington to force the ASEAN members to take sides.
The G7's invitation clearly shows that the group is subordinate to Washington and the US Indo-Pacific Strategy.
Since the border frictions last year, New Delhi has repeatedly flexed its muscles. But behind such moves is the mentality of a loser.
It is not so much that technology in Japan outflows to China, it is more that the research results achieved in China are brought back to Japan: Japanese scholar Tamon Ueda
India must abandon "persecutory delusion" when facing China. It's better to take sincere attitudes and make pragmatic choices in dealing with the matter.
If the USS Connecticut had struck a Chinese submarine, causing loss of life on either side along with potential radioactive contamination, what was a simple navigational error could have escalated into a major international incident.
If India aligns itself with the US, India may highly likely end up with what France is going through today.
This is where Abbott pops into the picture. A weak man with limited intellect, he is a bully easily manipulated.
The challenge faced by both Beijing and Washington in the 21st century is how to build a new security architecture in East Asia instead of continuing the existing one.
There is no doubt that a reform of any military power is a great improvement or even a subversive demolishment of the old system. India's reform process has only just started and it already faces many challenges and fears that New Delhi will face more tasks in the overhaul process. India's military reform in a short period still seems relatively radical.
The more Washington upholds the Quad, the more countries will see through the essence of the bloc – which is a pure creator of crisis, confrontation, chaos, and antagonism. Thus, the Biden administration's goal to legitimize its campaign will be resisted by more and more countries.
ASEAN was founded against the background of the Cold War, from which the members have clearly learned lessons.
As two major countries with vital roles in East Asia, China and Japan have broad consensus on regional cooperation.
India will continue to pursue its major power status. But serving as a staging post for US, India will merely play the role as a follower. As a result, India's international status and image will be undermined, so will be its national interests.
The SCO can play an important role in the Afghan issue because it represents an international voice to express SCO member states' position and concerns about Afghanistan. This is a positive step. It holds the potential to greatly promote the coordinated resolution of the Afghan issue.