Tianjin Garden at the northern end of Spring Street is a symbol of Melbourne’s 40-year friendship with its sister city, Tianjin.
Australian city councils appreciate the social and educational benefits of having Chinese sister cities. Gaining new markets and attracting tourists and investment have proved more challenging.
Rudd said Australia must once again become the international champion of the South Pacific nations: ‘The so-called 'Pacific step-up’ is hollow.‘
Launching journalist Peter Hartcher's Quarterly Essay, Red Flag: Waking up to China's challenge, Rudd said “we have become too China-dependent. We need to diversify further".
The alleged attempted penetration of federal parliament is significant, given (if true) its deep implication for Australia’s democratic system.
By (very unusually) confirming the investigation, ASIO boss Mike Burgess gives credibility to the Nine story that made the claim.
Keating attacked The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in particular for their China coverage.
Amid debate about China's refusal of visa to two federal MPs, former PM Paul Keating denounced the media for 'failing to present a balanced picture of the rise, legitimacy and importance of China'.
Morrison told reporters he’d made the point ‘which was well received, that Australia is an independent, sovereign nation’.
Morrison stressed “that we will never feel corralled into any sort of binary assessment of these relationships” - assessments that said “pro-United States or pro-China”.
‘It is inevitable that Australia will make more decisions that China doesn’t like,’ said Penny Wong.
Focusing on China policy in a Monday address - released ahead of delivery - Penny Wong says Australia needs to 'define the boundaries' of its engagement with China as the relationship is in a new phase.
In his recent US trip, Prime Minister Scott Morrison align Australia firmly with the US’s vision of China, while Labor has been more circumspect.
In its mirroring of the US position, the government is indicating it believes China needs to have its wings clipped, while Labor has taken a different view.
Donald Trump and Scott Morrison at the opening of billionaire Anthony Pratt’s paper factory Ohio, which looked like a rally for Trump.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the big stories in politics this week.
A conservative who won an unexpected election victory, the knockabout Morrison ticks the boxes for Trump.
During his week in the United States, the PM tied himself to Trump to a remarkable degree. Though, the Washington days were better than later appearances, which saw Morrison open the China debate.
In his address on foreign policy in Chicago, Morrison said China needed to reflect its new status as a developed country in its trade arrangements and meeting environmental challenges.
Anthony Albanese has attacked Scott Morrison for sending a message to Beijing while in the United State, opening a partisan rift at a time when Australia-China relations are at a low point.
“You won’t find a more sure and steadfast friend, a better political mate, than Australia,” said Morrison.
Amid the glamour and glitter and the mutually admiring exchanges between Donald Trump and Morrison, China and Iran were the central policy issues of interest during the PM's Washington trip.
Liu won the marginal seat of Chisholm at the May election, making history as the first female Chinese-Australian MP.
Following a politically disastrous interview, Liberal MP Gladys Liu has issued a statement strongly proclaiming her loyalty to Australia and her support for the government's policy on China.
In his speech, Lewis noted the scale and sophistication of threats varied greatly.
In an address to the Lowy Institute, outgoing ASIO head Duncan Lewis warned that “the scale and scope of foreign intelligence activity against Australian interests is unprecedented”.
Australia-China relations, crucial as they might be for Australia’s economic wellbeing, may get rougher.
Michelle Grattan discusses the increasing strain on the Australia-China relationship following the arrest of Dr. Yang Hengjun, and the government's draft religious discrimination legislation.
As crucial as the Australia-China relationship might be for Australia’s economic well being, the indications suggest the ups and downs may get rougher.
Australia is being very explicit in response to concerns about China at the moment, increasingly prepared to put aside the imperatives of diplomacy when necessary.
Australian-Chinese writer Yang Hengjun has been arrested on suspicion of espionage, but China has released no details of the allegations to date.
The espionage allegation against the Australian writer comes against a backdrop of rising trade and political tensions – and the Australian government's response is hardening.
The Chinese government has reacted sharply to Australia’s pressure on Yang with a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry saying: “Australia should respect China’s judicial sovereignty”.
As the Australian government continues to pressure China over Yang Hengjun's formal arrest, Yang has appealed to Scott Morrison to please “help me go home as soon as possible”.
Professor of Public Ethics, Clive Hamilton, has warned that unless Australian universities act decisively, they will live “under the ever-darkening shadow of Beijing”.
Professor of Public Ethics, Clive Hamilton, has accused "many" vice-chancellors of of losing sight of academic freedom, under the pressure of revenue and influence from China.
Dr Yang has been held in Beijing under harsh conditions, without access to lawyers or family for more than seven months before being formally arrested.
Outspoken Australian-Chinese democracy advocate Dr Yang Hengjun has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of spying, further straining relations between the two countries.
Can Scott Morrison maintain the image of separation from the Canberra elite, given he’s its most powerful member?
After 12 months as prime minister, Morrison looks the strong leader, clearly in charge, with few constraints. But will he make a substantial entry in the history book of Australian prime ministers?