In happier times: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2017 APEC summit in Vietnam.
Anxiety about China's rise is unlikely to abate any time soon – Australia needs to remain calm and realise the region is changing rapidly.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, have had a rocky relationship in recent years.
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The rhetoric between Australia and China is reaching a fever pitch in the media, with less room for journalists to take a more nuanced, objective viewpoint.
We are seeing a power play which has set Peter Dutton and Julie Bishop at odds.
The fine distinction between expanding ASD powers but it not collecting intelligence on Australians is where the confusion lies, and that will need to be carefully laid out.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the Russians had to leave within a week “for actions inconsistent with their status”.
The Australian government is expelling two Russian spies as part of a broad international retaliatory action against Russia.
There are still some hurdles to be overcome for the ASEAN-Australia relationship to reach its full potential.
Australia’s challenge is to prove its utility to ASEAN, and vice versa.
Barnaby Joyce will be on leave for a week from Monday.
On Wednesday Barnaby Joyce shored up support within the Nationals to continue as leader, but on Thursday he was seriously on the back foot.
For Julie Bishop, the latest leak is a re-run of an old movie.
What on earth was Julie Bishop thinking when she declared she'd support a 'formal investigation' into this week's damaging cabinet leak?
Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop launch the long-awaited foreign policy white paper.
The closest idea to an actual plan in the white paper seems to be to double-down on the US relationship, and trust that the Trump administration is a blip.
Barnaby Joyce pointed out sharply that the government’s survival in 2016 had been due to the Nationals’ good performance.
A northern New South Wales bookmaker has got it about right on the New England byelection. “Barnaby will be a shorter price than Winx,” he told a National. “And the only one who could beat Barnaby is Winx…
Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council opened it to further scrutiny of its record on such issues.
Australia's Human Rights Council election provides an ideal opportunity for it to show leadership and commitment on issues such as refugee flows and the death penalty.
North Korea has placed the Kim regime’s survival before any other priority.
With much attention focused on military might and economic sanctions, there has been little focus on calls for a diplomatic solution to the North Korean crisis.
The conservatives’ strategy is to reap what victories they can while Malcolm Turnbull leads.
The lack of moderates in the Liberals' succession list is notable, given Christopher Pyne's ill-judged boast to the faction that it was in the 'winners' circle'.
Michelle Grattan and Deep Saini discuss the week in politics.
Barnaby Joyce has now renounced his New Zealand citizenship but his future is yet to be determined.
Let’s get one point straight. The crisis around Barnaby Joyce has been caused by one simple oversight by one person. Joyce was careless in not properly checking whether he complied with the citizenship…
The government says its position has always been that none of those on Manus Island and Nauru would ever be allowed to come here.
The fracas between the United Nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) and the government over whether Australia agreed to settle a handful of the Manus Island/Nauru boat people with family here…
Peter Dutton’s condemnation of those he terms ‘fake refugees’ is prejudicial.
The government's crackdown on so-called 'fake refugees' imposes undue stress on an already extremely vulnerable community.
Bill Shorten runs past Old Parliament House in Canberra.
As the government sought to fireproof itself in Labor's areas of strength, the budget produced a new challenge for Bill Shorten.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied has ‘apologised profusely to [Julie Bishop] and the Australian government’ for a controversial Facebook post.
Julie Bishop has refused to sack Yassmin Abdel-Magied from the board of the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, resisting pressure from some in government ranks.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson head to a meeting in Moscow.
What vastly complicates Western policy in Syria is how to sanction Assad on one hand and deal with Islamic State on the other, without the country unravelling completely.
Julie Bishop’s comments come ahead of a visit to Australia this month by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Julie Bishop has sent an unusually pointed message to China about the importance of democratic institutions.