There are limits around what Australia might hope to achieve and what it should expect in Beijing, but there is room for cooperation.
In this podcast, the Minister for Trade and Special Minister of State Don Farrell joins The Conversation to canvass Australia's prospective trade agreement with the EU, relations with China, and electoral reform
The July 2023 NATO summit in Lithuania saw movement toward expanding the alliance.
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NATO gets the headlines, but the Five Eyes alliance is another close connection between key Western powers, and it may expand.
Abandoning its WTO case is a quicker path to getting Australian barley back into China. It could also be a template for resolving tariff disputes over other products, including Australian wine.
The latest vitriolic exchange reflects the long-running policy animosity between the two, particularly Keating’s hostility to Wong over the issue of China
Labor has touted a renewed engagement with the Asia-Pacific since coming to power. The submarine deal, however, is not in this spirit.
The latest breakthrough in the bilateral relationship follows the meeting between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20
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
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.
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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.
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Defence minister Richard Marles’ historic trip sheds some light on the new government’s approach to national security matters.
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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.
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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.
Frederic Eggleston presented his credentials to Chinese President Lin Sen (林森) at an official reception in Chungking on 28 October 1941.
Sydney Morning Herald, November 12 1941
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.