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Plastic waste from Australia in Port Klang, Malaysia. Malaysia says it will send back some 3,300 tons of nonrecyclable plastic waste to countries including the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. AP Photo/Vincent Thian

As more developing countries reject plastic waste exports, wealthy nations seek solutions at home

A year after China stopped accepting most scrap material exports, other Asian countries are following Beijing's lead, forcing wealthy nations to find domestic solutions for managing their wastes.
The official line in China is that the Tiananmen ‘incident’ was necessary for stability. This whitewashing of history has largely been accepted by many in China as the truth. How Hwee Young/EPA

Thirty years on, China is still trying to whitewash the Tiananmen crackdown from its history

The Chinese government tightly controls all mention of the 1989 pro-democracy protests, but in recent days, it's been very open with its justifications for the brutal crackdown.
Companies use data to make a portrait of their users. ImageFlow/shutterstock.com

Big tech surveillance could damage democracy

Big tech companies compete over who can gather the most intelligence on their users. Countries like Russia and China turn this information against their citizens.
Installation view of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Murmuration (Landscape) 2019 (detail) Realised in Dehua, Fujian. province and Melbourne, commissioned by the NGV. Proposed acquisition supported by Ying Zhang in association with the Asian Australian Foundation, 2019 NGV Foundation Annual Dinner and 2019 NGV Annual Appeal, on display at NGV International. © Cai Guo- Qiang. Photo © Tobias Titz

A scope as big as humanity can conjure: the Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang

A new exhibition pairs China's famed Terracotta Warriors with contemporary works of inspiring ethereality. The contrasts here are many: life and death, harmony and chaos, energy and control, art and politics.
Scott Morrison is relatively inexperienced on foreign policy, but he’s certain to be tested by China in his first full term in office. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Partner or customer? Why China is Scott Morrison’s biggest foreign policy test

Scott Morrison has been PM for nearly a year, but his foreign policy priorities remain unclear. With his mandate secured, he now has both the opportunity and obligation to show his true colours.
Sunset at Australia’s Cape Grim observatory, one of the key global background monitoring sites for CFC-11. Paul Krummel/CSIRO

Eastern China pinpointed as source of rogue ozone-depleting emissions

For several years, emissions of CFCs have been rising, in apparent defiance of a global ban in place since 2010. A new global detective effort has traced the source to two eastern Chinese provinces.

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