Three big lessons came out of the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s. First, the Asian economies to our north could be a source of economic threat as well as opportunity. Second, economic crises…
The Greek debt crisis could deliver RBA Governor Glenn Stevens a bolt from the blue.
China's slowing economy is a greater concern than the Greek crisis, but booming property prices mean the RBA should hold firm.
The pro-Beijing proposal Hong Kong's democracy activists dreaded has been voted down. What now?
Trade Minister Andrew Robb continues to argue the case for the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership.
While Australians understand the political benefits of free trade agreements, many remain divided on the economic merit.
Digging in: China’s UN climate pledge shows it is serious about doing the heavy lifting in going green.
China's formal climate target shows that the world's largest greenhouse emitter is determined to green its economy on an unprecedented scale - and that it can bring the rest of the world along for the ride.
Rewriting the rulebook: the DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen.
If the 2016 presidential candidates are anything to go by, Taiwan's relationship with Beijing could be in for a major defrost.
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey joined a large contingent of leaders at the AIIB signing ceremony this week.
Western powers signing on for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank could more effectively shape China's view of the world.
Will the US-China relationship devolve into Spy vs Spy?
The protection of trade secrets is an area of concern for both countries and is more likely to lead to an agreement.
Wait till Vladimir hears about this.
Neither Russia nor China like the EU, but they've each got their ways of dealing with its members.
An Afghan girl looks out of a damaged window of a shrine.
As the US slows down its troop withdrawal and China increases its involvement in Afghanistan, a warning that if the country is to see peace again, foreign meddling needs to stop.
A deal ten years in the making.
Political issues have left ChAFTA an imperfect agreement in which the government has been forced to pick winners and losers.
US President Barack Obama speaks at the US-Africa leaders summit. The number of US programs and initiatives on the continent has grown exponentially.
Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya is a clear sign American military and economic involvement in Africa will continue to rise amid growing Chinese influence.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thrown his support behind coal mining, arguing coal is ‘good for humanity’.
Despite the divestment movement gaining ground, the share prices of our major coal miners suggest there's still strong investor support.
Toeing the line.
The demilitarised zone between the Koreas is an incredibly dangerous place to walk – but the Chinese border with North Korea isn't much safer.
The all-seeing Xi.
As the biggest tiger yet claimed by his anti-corruption crusade goes down, Xi Jinping finds himself in a terrible bind.
With the possible exception of North Korea, there aren’t too many countries that don’t like to think of themselves as “good international citizens”. For states such as Australia, it’s ostensibly one of…
More than just a cyber “whodunnit.”
Lee Jae Won/Reuters
Many questions remain about the hack on government employee data but the US has to treat the data theft as a high-level diplomatic incident.
Batteries can cut carbon emissions, but mining the metals and other resources needed to make them can be a dirty business.
Jon Seb Barber/Wikimedia Commons
The advent of battery storage heralds an even deeper embrace of electric cars and renewable energy. But amid the green tech revolution, we should be wary of creating new pollution problems.
China’s construction of new islands in the South China Sea has attracted a great deal of entirely predictable criticism and controversy. Surely no-one connected with this decision can be surprised at this…
Containment or engagement?
Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters
The irony is that Chinese misunderstanding of America's motives may lead Washington to reconsider its policy of engagement – to China's detriment.