Rory Medcalf, the Lowy Institute's International Security Director, tells the Wall Street Journal China's role in the MH370 recovery mission demonstrates its willingness to be seen to travel far to help its citizens.
The nation must lift defence spending to 2 per cent of gross domestic product as quickly as possible as it faces an unpredictable security outlook in the Asian region, Lowy Institute executive director Michael Fullilove says.
Chinese aid in the Pacific could become more integrated into the work being done by more established aid donors. Dr Phillipa Brant says there are signs the Chinese government is starting to move away from it's previous unilateral approach and is adopting a more collaborative approach to assisting developing nations.
Rory Medcalf argues that the new Australian government must act maturely in developing its response to the spying row. The way Australia proceeds has implications for its relationships with Indonesia and other partners in the Asia region.