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Since the Whitlam government in 1972, the major parties have taken a similar approach to managing relations with China, albeit with a few key differences. AAP/EPA/Roman Pilipey

No matter who wins the next election, managing the China relationship will be tricky – and vital

No matter who forms government after the next election, managing Australia's relationship with China will continue to be a major challenge, and vitally important in a region remaking itself.
A diplomatic thaw has occurred between Australia and China, as Foreign Minister Marise Payne meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. AAP/EPA/Thomas Peter/ pool

Australia and China push the ‘reset’ button on an important relationship

Marise Payne this week became the first Australian foreign minister to visit China in three years – another indication that the frost in the relationship is thawing.
In a recent speech, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attempted to reset Australia’s relationship with China, which has become strained in recent months. AAP/EPA/Kanzaburo Fukuhara / POOL

Turnbull pushes the ‘reset’ button with China, but will it be enough?

The prime minister's China "reset" speech indicates he has yielded to diplomatic advice to separate domestic politics from foreign policy.
The ADF’s powers to search, seize and control movement at the scene of an incident will be simplified, expanded and made clearer. Australian Department of Defence

Military to get wider role in combatting terrorism

The bill makes it easier for states and territories to seek help from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to respond to terrorist and other violent occurrences.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, pictured at an Australia China Business Council event at Parliament House last week, knows the country can’t afford to shut the door on Chinese investment. Mick Tsikas/AAP

What’s driving Chinese infrastructure investment overseas and how can we make the most of it?

Chinese financing and know-how present both a threat and an opportunity for infrastructure development. Australia can benefit from proactively identifying needs that Chinese investment can help meet.

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