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President Trump and Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison insist it matters whether China is classified as “developed” or “developing” in the World Trade Organisation matters. It may not. Shutterstock

Myth busted: China’s status as a developing country gives it few benefits in the World Trade Organisation

In complaining about China's alleged special treatment by the World Trade Organization, US President Donald Trump and Australia's Scott Morrison are pointing to something that isn't really there.
A soldier participates in a training during a tactical leader’s exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

America now solves problems with troops, not diplomats

Data show that the US intervenes more in other countries' affairs than it did in the past. It also currently hires fewer career professionals for ambassadorial or foreign affairs positions.
“Under my leadership Australia’s international engagement will be squarely driven by Australia’s national interests”, said Morrison. Bianca De Marchi/AAP

Scott Morrison warns against ‘negative globalism’

Delivering the Lowy Lecture on Thursday night, Morrison said Australia “cannot afford to leave it to others to set the standards that will shape our global economy”.
To make a more accurate comparison of the real purchasing power of a country’s military spending, we need to factor in differences in labour and operational costs between countries. Roman Pilipey/EPA

China’s military might is much closer to the US than you probably think

China’s military budget is usually thought to be about 40% of that of the US. In reality it's about 75%.

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