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Much hangs on the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Osaka. AAP/EPA/Yuri Gripas / Nicolas Asfouri

Trade war tensions sky high as Trump and Xi prepare to meet at the G20

The world watches to see if this weekend's summit is a constructive occasion in an evolving, and messy, trade war, or a wasted opportunity.
Australians have more confidence in Chinese President Xi Jinping than US President Donald Trump. Roman Pilipey/AAP

Australians’ feelings sour towards China: Lowy poll

Relentless coverage of China's political system, allegations of interference in Australia's politics, and its poor relations with neighbours have led to Australian attitudes towards China.
According to organisers, two million people marched Sunday in Hong Kong, with many shifting focus away from a controversial extradition bill to the resignation of the Beijing-backed chief executive, Carrie Lam. Jerome Favre/AAP

Pressure builds with more protests in Hong Kong, but what’s the end game?

Hong Kong’s protesters are galvanised by their cause, but whether they can sustain their momentum and bring about real change remains to be seen.
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.
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, is escorted by a member of her private security detail while arriving at a parole office in Vancouver in December 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The arrest of Huawei executive has put Canada in tight spot

In the absence of trust, greater cultural understanding is a powerful diplomatic tool and one that Canada needs to wield expertly when dealing with China.
Trump’s historic meeting with North Korea dictator Kim Jung Un on June 12, 2018, in Singapore. Trump recently told a crowd that the two leaders ‘fell in love.’ Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Personal diplomacy has long been a presidential tactic, but Trump adds a twist

Meeting with heads of state has become routine for presidents, but Trump's way with words and gestures rattles many in the diplomatic community. The biggest concern is his sweet talk to dictators.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to meet again at the G20 in Buenos Aires, at a pivotal moment in world economic history. AAP/EPA/Roman Pilipey

Much at stake as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meet at G20

At a time when the rules-based trading system is being shredded and the Paris Agreement risks unravelling, it is vital that the G20 meeting between the two superpowers is a constructive one.
After a positive start, Morrison’s relations with his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo, cooled off after he suggested moving the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Lukas Coch/AAP

In his first major foreign policy test, Morrison needs to stick to the script

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a busy summit season ahead of him. After early foreign policy stumbles, it's important he reads his briefs, listens to the diplomats and stays humble.
China’s aspirations of global dominance will hit a snag given the world’s other major powers identify democratic values as central to their national identies. Only China and Russia do not. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in June 2018. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)

The prospects for Chinese leadership in an age of upheaval

New research suggests the values and identities of the world's great powers present a major barrier to China's aspirations of global domination. Do not bet on China’s hegemonic prospects just yet.

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