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A billboard campaigning against crude oil theft. Nigeria is under pressure from falling oil prices and China’s economic slowdown. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

What Nigeria can do to weather low oil prices and slow economic growth

How should Nigeria weather yet another episode of oil price shock? This time it's likely to be worsened by two events of significant global effect.
China is Australia’s most important trading partner and a growing source of investment. AAP/Lukas Coch

Book review: Takeover – Foreign Investment and the Australian Psyche

The “national interest”, at least as far as economic policy is concerned, has always been a contested compromise and a consequence of the relative political influence of domestic forces.
China knows the smart money is on renewables, and not just because of climate change. Reuters/Carlos Barria

Want to see the business case for green energy? Just look at China

China is pouring money into clean energy - not just to tackle climate change but because these are economically fruitful industries. And as China develops them, the technologies will get cheaper for everyone.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced pledged to adopt a national emissions trading scheme from 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS/AAP

China announces national emissions trading scheme – experts react

China, the world's biggest greenhouse emitter, will set up a national emissions trading scheme beginning in 2017. Our experts react to the announcement, made during President Xi Jinping's US state visit.
Climate diplomacy: in a another joint announcement from the US and China, president Xi Jinping committed to an emissions trading scheme in 2017. EPA/Michael Reynolds

Too big to fail: China pledges to set up landmark emissions trading scheme

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a landmark commitment on climate change, pledging to launch what will become the world's largest and most important emissions trading scheme when it begins in 2017.

When worlds collide

The meeting between the leaders of China and the United States has rapidly become the gold standard for set-piece diplomatic extravaganzas. Xi Jinping and Barack Obama are, after all, the two most powerful…
Reports suggest President Xi will meet with US tech leaders this week. Will that overshadow his meeting with President Obama? Reuters

Why the US has little to fear from Chinese leaders meeting with tech titans

While the timing of the planned forum is not ideal, it continues a long tradition of Chinese leaders engaging with US tech leaders and may prove beneficial to overall relations.
Chinalco is one of a number of state-owned enterprises the Communist Party is hoping to overhaul. Christina Hu/Reuters

China’s grip still tight on state-owned enterprises

China has signalled a plan to slim down its state-owned enterprises, but there's no sign yet it's willing to give up any real control.
The balance of trade positions of Australian agriculture and food manufacturing have deteriorated since FTAs with New Zealand, the United States and Thailand have come into play. Flickr/Phil Greenhalgh

Free trade agreements fail to boost Australian agriculture and food manufacturing

Analysis of free trade agreements with New Zealand, the US and Thailand show these failed to boost Australian agriculture and food imports.

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