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In this November 2017 photo, U.S. President Donald Trump talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The brewing China-U.S. trade conflict features two leaders who have expressed friendship but are equally determined to pursue their nation’s interests. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Why China should have chosen honesty in its U.S. trade war

“Honesty is the best policy” is hardly a hallmark of the Trump régime, so China would have been smart to pursue a more honest, less manipulative path in its simmering trade war with the U.S.
People in South Korea watch a news program on TV about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping in late March. Kim and Xi sought to portray strong ties between the neighbours and long-time allies despite a recent chill. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

War games, slow trains and the spectre of a Trump-Kim summit

Kim Jong-un's surprise recent visit to Beijing and Xi Jinping was an awkward get-together that didn't address the elephant in the room -- Kim's possible face-to-face meeting soon with Donald Trump.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is sworn in for a second term at the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall. AAP/Wu Hong

Why do we keep turning a blind eye to Chinese political interference?

The author of the controversial Silent Invasion argues it's not the book, but the reaction to it, that has highlighted something troubling in Australian intellectual life.
Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he leaves a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing recently. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

What Xi Jinping’s power grab means for Canada

Canada has reportedly committed more than $1 billion to a Chinese investment bank. Is Canada unwittingly serving as a 'useful idiot' in Xi Jinping's grand plans to restore China's lost greatness?
Clive Hamilton paints a picture of China’s unrelenting determination not only to control those within the country, but also to dominate the world using whatever means at its disposal. AAP/Wang Zhou

Book review – Clive Hamilton’s Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia

Clive Hamilton’s book is perhaps a useful reminder that we must not be naïve about our relationship with China, but his prescription is the wrong direction for tackling the genuine issues he raises.
Chinese President Xi Jinping claps while addressing the media in October 2017 as he introduces new members of the Politburo Standing Committee at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Xi Jinping’s chilling grab for absolute power in China

Any naive hopes for a peaceful evolution to democracy in China are shattered against the reality that it's now a one-man dictatorship. What does it mean for the West?
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speak following a meeting on the security and stability on the Korean Peninsula in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

China the winner after pointless Canada-U.S. meeting on North Korea

China is succeeding in a high-stakes poker game on the Korean Peninsula. Did Canada and the U.S. just play into Chinese hands?
This year the Chinese Communist Party will tackle some of it’s biggest economic hurdles. AAP

What we can expect from China’s economy in 2018

The Chinese government will use its consolidated power to try to reign in some of the biggest problems facing its economy in 2018.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in December 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada drops charade of progressive trade with China

Canada’s "progressive trade agenda" with China might have died in the Great Hall of the People earlier this month. But there's now an opportunity for a serious reconsideration of the relationship.

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