In a new report co-authorted by the Australian Centre of China in the World and the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), analysts from the two institutions/ countries set out their national viewpoints on a range of issues under the broad umbrella of regional security matters, ranging from the role of actors such as the US, Japan, Russia and India to maritime security, cyber security, terrorism energy, water and such non-traditional questions. This report is particularly interesting for the way in which it highlights the different preconceptions of the two sides. It illuminates China’s mistrust of other countries in the region and its dislike of the alliance structure, which it blames for causing tension and potential conflict by making other major powers in the region (i.e., China) feel obliged to respond with their own security measures. The report concludes with some agreed suggestions for policymakers to build more constructive cooperation in security matters.
Download Perspectives on Security: Prospects for Partnership for a Safer Indo-Pacific, 2015, on foreign relations