Brexit Britain should be especially concerned.
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To understand how a new world war might play out, it's important to remember just how powerful the US really is.
Jia Baoyu, the protagonist of Dream of the Red Chamber, as drawn by Gai Qi, 1879.
Dream of the Red Chamber, by Cao Xueqin, follows the travails of a pubescent boy. Somehow, through the spats, crushes and rivalries of a handful of teenagers, the great questions of the human condition are broached.
Is there still room for the U.S.?
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Trump, who withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership when he became president, briefly appeared to consider joining the trade accord again.
In this November 2017 photo, U.S. President Donald Trump talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The brewing China-U.S. trade conflict features two leaders who have expressed friendship but are equally determined to pursue their nation’s interests.
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“Honesty is the best policy” is hardly a hallmark of the Trump régime, so China would have been smart to pursue a more honest, less manipulative path in its simmering trade war with the U.S.
In it together.
The US and China must work together to reform the global trade system. Their economies are too entwined for a trade war.
At the moment, at least 21,919 people are known to be facing death sentences around the world.
A new report from Amnesty International reveals that while the number of countries that impose the death penalty is shrinking, there is still a long way to go before it is abolished altogetehr.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Clive Hamilton and Richard Rigby on Chinese influence in Australia.
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The Australia-China relationship is again in the headlines, with reports of strains between the two countries, resulting in federal ministers who want to visit finding it hard to get visas.
People in South Korea watch a news program on TV about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping in late March. Kim and Xi sought to portray strong ties between the neighbours and long-time allies despite a recent chill.
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Kim Jong-un's surprise recent visit to Beijing and Xi Jinping was an awkward get-together that didn't address the elephant in the room -- Kim's possible face-to-face meeting soon with Donald Trump.
Reports that China plans to build a military base in Vanuatu seem to have little substance at this stage.
The reports are speculative at best, but that hasn't stopped a torrent of over-wrought commentary on Chinese military expansion and the potential threat to Australia.
Some Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries are worried about the China tariffs.
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While the proposed tariffs would have little effect on US wine sales in the short term, their long-term impact could be much more problematic.
Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Now that President Xi Jinping's presidential term has been extended indefinitely, African governments need to plan strategically for their future engagements with the Chinese.
The brewing US-China trade war is probably linked to the Chinese government's attempts to revamp its industry.
US President Donald Trump’s vision of the global economy as a zero-sum game is at odds with Australia’s experience.
To really show its pro-trade colours, Australia's government should stop flirting with Trump's new anti-trade wave.
The poor continue to be drowned out by a global minority enjoying elite status.
Inequality is decried at campaign rallies and in the global commentariat. But little is being done at any policy level.
The technology underlying Bitcoin is starting to spread its wings.
Australian beef producers will be much more competitive in exporting to China as their American competitors have to grapple with the 25% tariff on their beef.
To be realistic, the US-China trade war gives Australia the unprecedented chance to expand its economic footprint.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is sworn in for a second term at the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall.
The author of the controversial Silent Invasion argues it's not the book, but the reaction to it, that has highlighted something troubling in Australian intellectual life.
Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he leaves a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing recently.
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Canada has reportedly committed more than $1 billion to a Chinese investment bank. Is Canada unwittingly serving as a 'useful idiot' in Xi Jinping's grand plans to restore China's lost greatness?
Xi Jinping on his way to take the oath of office after being formally re-elected to a second term.
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Chinese official media casts President Xi Jinping as an anti-corruption crusader; critics say he's authoritarian. The reality is that he is a man of contrasts whose traits are difficult to pin down.