An undemocratic Myanmar serves no one’s interests except China.
For the PM, having the bilateral relationship begin to stabilise and move to a more constructive footing culminates a very successful first six months on the world stage.
Canberra and Beijing’s assessments of their interests remain far from aligned. But as Albanese himself said, simply ‘having the meeting is a successful outcome’.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra
Politics with Michelle Grattan: How far will China go? La Trobe’s Nick Bisley says China’s ‘risk appetite’ has gone up
Michelle Grattan speaks with Nick Bisley, Professor at La Trobe University about escalating tensions with China over Taiwan, and the Chinese Ambassador's recent address to the National Press Club.
While there are good reasons not to exaggerate these events, the bad news is these incidents are almost certain to continue. But we shouldn’t frame them as if we’re in the brink of war.
Defence minister Richard Marles’ historic trip sheds some light on the new government’s approach to national security matters.
Penny Wong’s first trip as foreign minister appears to have been a success. But there is a long road ahead – and lessons from 50 years ago may be useful.
Beijing has form in using the arrival of a new government as an opportunity to undertake a face-saving adjustment.
The Morrison government has gone hard on accusing Labor of being China’s “pick” at the federal election, and in doing so is leading the country down a dangerous path.
In differentiating himself from the Morrison government on China, the Labor leader would do well do study Julia Gillard’s record.
Australia has followed the United States in announcing it will send athletes, but no officials, to the winter games in February 2022 - a move unlikely to make much political difference.
Under the shadow of World War II, Australia began to form its own foreign policy, separate from the British Empire. A legation in China was Australia’s third foreign outpost.
Mao’s Long March has a storied place in Chinese history. There are resonances in China’s current approach to international relations.
In a speech in Taipei, the former prime minister condemned China’s growing belligerence.
The region is already arming at the fastest rate in the world, but China and other nations can be expected to respond to AUKUS by further expanding their militaries.
In 1971, then-Opposition Leader Gough Whitlam made a significant trip to China. Now, with tensions between the two countries showing no signs of abating, it may be time to look to his example.
Australia’s Prime Minister wants reform of the World Trade Organization to rein in China’s ‘economic coercion’. But it also needs to constructively engage with China on that reform.
The outcome for the Australian citizen cannot be viewed separately from the continued downward spiral of Australia-China relations.
Increasingly strained relations between the two countries are adding to the challenges of teaching students enrolled in Chinese studies at Australian universities.