President Barack Obama's decision to skip a series of Asia and Pacific summits to tackle the partial government shutdown in Washington strips the U.S. of some of its recent diplomatic momentum in the region and could leave the door open for China to expand its influence.
In 13 months the Prime Minister will welcome world leaders to Brisbane for the G20 summit. Surely this is not something the new government needs to worry about now when it has so many other pressing issues?
Tony Abbott says his foreign policy emphasis is “Jakarta not Geneva” and indeed he will be in Jakarta next week, which will be the first test of his diplomatic skills as he seeks to smooth the asylum seeker issue and emphasise the importance and depth of the bilateral relationship.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh travels to Washington on Friday for a working visit with U.S. President Barack Obama, capping a year full of high-profile exchanges between two of the world's largest democracies.
Although foreign policy was a low priority in its election campaign, the new government is entering a 15-month period when Australia is uniquely placed to set international agendas. Australia will take over the G20 chair, culminating in the November 2014 G20 summit in Brisbane.
The nation's longest-serving foreign minister, Alexander Downer, has urged Tony Abbott to quickly resolve the asylum-seeker dispute with Indonesia rather than "sweeping it elegantly under a diplomatic carpet" amid signs the Prime Minister wants trade and investment to dominate his visit to Jakarta.
Tony Abbott has conspicuously softened his tone towards Indonesia after talks with the nation's President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, possibly paving the way to ditch his controversial boats turn-back policy.
While sanctions continue to heap upon the "hermit state" of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), an Australian expert has questioned their efficacy in the face of ongoing human rights abuses, warning that sanctions "only breed hatred."
Tony Abbott's first intense test as Prime Minister is, appropriately, Indonesia. - See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/more-than-a-friendly-visit/story-e6frg6z6-1226722341199#sthash.lINPpsOV.dpuf
Indonesian financial markets are, like much of the developing-country markets, on edge ahead of this week's US Fed meeting fearing the end of the Fed's bond purchases will result in a massive withdrawal of funds.
Kevin Rudd is a man who likes to make big calls. Big calls, he argues, saved the country from the economic outhouse during the global financial crisis. And big calls got Australia a hot seat with the cool kids on the United Nations Security Council.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Sydney's Garden Island naval base could be closed down, and its facilities relocated to Brisbane and Perth, as part of a rethink of Australia's strategy in the Asia-Pacific.
Former United States deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage has criticised Australia for appeasing China in a toned-down Defence white paper and warned Australia can’t continue “free riding” off its alliance with the US.