South China Sea

USA and China paper boats

As tensions in the disputed waters mount, it's important to understand how this conflict began and what international law says about freedom of navigation and competing maritime claims.

US China relations

The simmering strategic rivalry between the US and China is entering a new, more dangerous phase, writes Alan Dupont.


China would do well to heed the warning by the great Athenian historian Thucydides about the heightened risk of conflict when a rising power challenges the existing international order, writes Alan Dupont.

Chinese Naval Ship

While Australia shouldn't be unnecessarily provocative, we can’t afford to simply sit back and watch China flout global convention, writes Alan Dupont.