South Pacific

Foreign Meddling Ahead of Malaysia’s Elections. Xenophon, The Not-so Impartial Observer

Nick Xenophon, Photo M. ManskeNile Bowie (AltThaiNews) Malaysia’s decision to detain and deport Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has become a hot topic of discussion across the nation’s blogosphere. Xenophon came to Kuala Lumpur as part of a seven-member international team of election observers invited by de-facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Xenophon attended the Bersih 3.0 street rally during a previous visit to Malaysia and criticised the government for being “authoritarian” in handling the demonstrators. Xenophon was barred from entering Malaysia under the Immigration Act 8(3), and the state’s official statement claimed that Xenophon was deported as “a result of his participation in an illegal street protest in Kuala Lumpur last year,” referring to clauses in the Peaceful Assembly Act which prohibits non-citizens from participating in unauthorised public gatherings. ………… Read more >>>>

Australia’s National Security Paper 2013 Did It Amount To Lost Opportunities?

J Gillard, photo by Troy Constable ,nsnbc archivesProf Murrey Hunter (The 4th Media) – The policy you have when you don’t have a policy. Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered a statement about the country’s national security policy to a carefully selected crowd of defense, public service, and academic personnel at the Australian National University late last month. The 58 page paper titled Strong and Secure: A Strategy for Australia’s National Security supersedes the last one given by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd back in 2008 and is considered a supplement to the White Paper, Australia in the Asian Century presented by Premier Gillard last October. The paper outlines the country’s assessment of priorities, risks, and capabilities. The four ma…... Read more >>>>

Australia and Japan enhance Defense Ties after Japan´s Nationalization of Disputed Diaoyu Islands.

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc). A high level Japanese delegation, including Japanese Prime Ministaer Satosho Morimoto and Foreign Affairs Minister Koichiro Genba is currently visiting Australia. On the agenda are, among other, discussions with Australia´s Defense Minister Stephen Smith about the enhancement of Australian – Japanese defense ties. The discussions are taking place shortly after Japan illegally nationalized the disputed Diaoyu Dao or Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Japan and China, as well as Taiwan  continue their diplomatic standoff. The Japanese – Australian defense talks are part of US moves toward the strategic encirclement of China in the Asia – Pacific region…….. Read more >>>>

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