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Chinese President Xi Jinping at the recent Asian-African Conference in Jakarta. Reuters/Darren Whiteside

Africa offers a point of cooperation for Xi and Trump

If US President Donald Trump is the consummate dealmaker he purports to be, he should find the low risk, high returns of greater US-China-Africa cooperation irresistible.
Mark McGowan can confidently put his ideas into action after Labor’s landslide victory in the March 11 WA state election. AAP/Aaron Bunch

Western Australia’s welcome engagement in Asia has been a long time coming

The appointment of Western Australia's first minister for Asian engagement shows the new state government understands how deeply embedded the state’s interests are in the Asian neighbourhood.
The Chinese Community Party has trouble controlling its own members much less those of private businesses. Lukas Coch/AAP

China’s private companies are unjustly labeled as Communist Party plants

The public debate about Chinese corporations investing in Australia is spurred by several misleading ideas about the control of the Chinese government and its intervention with private businesses.
People react as they see North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a mass rally and parade in Pyongyang. Reuters/Damir Sagolj

North Korea

In 2017, the Korean Peninsula retains its status as “political hotspot”, due largely to the uncertainty surrounding North Korea’s nuclear intentions. Even in the context of the country’s most recent missile…
While Xi Jinping will no doubt continue as general secretary of the party, the question is whether he will be able to install enough people loyal to him. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

China

There are many key events to watch for this year in China, but by far the most significant is the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, likely to be held in November. The congress is held…
A family catches Mardi Gras beads during the Krewe of Thoth parade down St. Charles Avenue in 2000. Reuters

The destructive life of a Mardi Gras bead

Each Mardi Gras, 25 million pounds of beads hit the streets of New Orleans. One researcher went to the Chinese factories that make them – and spoke to the workers who believe the beads will be given to royalty.

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