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Strategic Weekly Analysis

China’s Djibouti Military Base: Symbol of an Emerging Global Power?

China’s first overseas military base, located astride a crucial maritime choke point, is symbolic of its growing confidence as an emerging global power, capable of projecting military force and directly protecting its interests in Africa and the western Indian Ocean.

Aerial Boost to Security in the Sulu Sea

Aerial patrols will provide a significant boost to maritime patrols in the Sulu Sea through tracking militant movements. Further assistance from Singapore and Brunei is also likely.

The Bear and the Dragon: Do Not Fear a Chinese Land Grab in the Russian Far East

Poor economic opportunities and an unstable investment climate will, over the long term, deter Chinese entrepreneurs from using land in the Far East as a long-term investment.

Troubled Waters: Malaysia to Re-Contest Singaporean Boundary

The Malaysian application for a revision of the International Court of Justice judgement regarding Pedra Branca is a shrewd move by Kuala Lumpur to stir up nationalistic fervour ahead of a difficult election in 2018.

Zero Carbon Tourism: Opportunities for Northern Australia

Domestic and international tourists to northern Australia are showing considerable interest in community efforts to address global warming, particularly when they provide an opportunity to make a practical contribution to these projects. This may well be an environmental and economic opportunity to be further developed.

Security Drives United States Engagement in South-East Asia

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to South-East Asia does little to reassure the region about the US protectionist stance on economic relations. Tillerson’s agenda for the visit also suggests a deeper focus on the strategic aspect of the relationship.

Australia’s Liquefied Natural Gas – Export Wealth and Domestic Crisis

Australia is a major player in the production and export of liquefied natural gas. So why is the country facing gas shortages and a looming domestic energy crisis?

Egypt: Foreign Exchange Reserves to Reduce Food Insecurity?

Though subsidy cuts are costing many Egyptians, record foreign reserves could provide a safety net if food insecurity deepens.

South-East Asian Security to Benefit from Sub-Regional Terrorist Meeting Initiatives

If the measures discussed at the Sub-Regional Meeting on Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Cross Border Terrorism are correctly implemented, the region will likely benefit from enhanced security to better face the growing terrorist threat.

Japan to Invest US$15 billion in Indian High-Speed Rail Line

The multi-billion dollar investment in a high-speed rail line connecting the cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad, if the project comes to fruition, should strengthen the Indo-Japanese relationship.

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  • Associate papers are primary source assessments written by FDI associates. The assessment topics range from regional bilateral relationships and opportunities and challenges in our neighbouring countries.

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