Australia, a Covid-19 “gold star” ... for the moment
Australia’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic has been excellent. But the country still faces enormous challenges in reviving the economy and society, writes John West.
The Indo-Pacific contest
A meditation on the region – the arena of Australia’s greatest strategic focus – puts China’s rise in historic context, writes John West.
The Covid-19 crisis has struck a divided and fragile world, whose divisions will only be exacerbated by the crisis, writes John West.
China must be held accountable
The Covid-19 crisis is the greatest disaster and blunder the world has seen since World War 2. China must be held accountable argues John West.
Time for China and the WHO to Fess Up
The Australian government’s proposal for an independent international enquiry on the COVID 19 crisis is a much-needed constructive initiative writes John West.
Japan and the New Silk Road -- Book Review
John West reviews “Japan and the New Silk Road: diplomacy, development, and connectivity" by Nikolay Murashkin.
The New Silk Roads: a book review
The New Silk Roads may well be a much more fragile region than author Peter Frankopan is willing to concede, writes John West.
Australia, in search of great and powerful friends
For a people who like to think of themselves as a hardy lot,
Australians’ perseverance in diplomacy will be tested yet, writes John West.
Coronavirus highlights poverty of Asia's governance
The Chinese New Year is starting badly thanks to the Coronavirus, writes John West.
Reading Room: China and Japan: Facing History by Ezra F. Vogel
Vogel offers a holistic perspective on the relationship between China and Japan. This perspective forms a useful basis to examine the state of modern Sino-Japanese relations, writes John West.
Carlos Ghosn – from rock-star CEO to international fugitive
The tale of the former Nissan chief exposes the contradictions
of the man – and of corporate culture in Japan writes John West.
The China-Japan Economic Relationship Is Getting Stronger
John West, executive director of the Asian Century Institute, explains why the reorientation of Japan’s economy toward China represents a paradigm shift.
"Red Flag: Waking up to China's Challenge"
Peter Hartcher's Quarterly Essay provides an excellent, informative and insightful analysis of the challenges Australia faces in managing its deepening relationship with China writes John West.
Why Did India Suddenly Pull Out of the World’s Largest Trade Deal?
John West explains India's concerns about joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
Shock therapy: why Australia needs a political jolt
Taking an honest look at a worst-case scenario isn’t scaremongering but could instead help avoid doing ourselves harm, writes John West.
Book Review: The Anarchy
John West reviews William Dalrymple's new book on the East India Company. This small trading company in London became a mighty army and conquered India.
The Hong Kong Uprising and the consequences in Taiwan
Stefano Pelaggi analyses the conflict in the former British colony of Hong Kong, the challenge to China's national identity and the final loss of a Beijing projection in Taiwan.
China, a low-productivity superpower
China is a low-productivity superpower which must be balanced, argues John West.
G20 and a world in flux
The G-20 Summit Showed a World in Disarray, but Events on the Margins Suggest Progress, writes John West.
Australia's trading place in the world
Australia's trading place in the world looks increasingly vulnerable and fragile, argued John West at the Australian Leadership Retreat, organised by Australian Davos Connection.
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