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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.
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.
National Museum of Australia
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.
Getting the right “balance” is one of the main challenges when framing and executing policies. The difficulties of achieving this are being exposed currently on two fronts – the repatriation of Australians and relations with China.
former ASIO head David Irvine on the cyber threats Australia faces.
Michelle Grattan discusses cyber security with former chairman of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, David Irvine
A substantial minority of Chinese-Australians have experienced a backlash from the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 deterioration in bilateral relations, according to a survey from the Lowy Institute.
With Beijing signalling its interest in joining, the Trans-Pacific Partnership may offer Canberra an opportunity to end the trade dispute that is damaging both countries.
A formal resolution off Australia’s complaint about Chinese barley tariffs will likely take years. But at least it starts a structured process for dialogue.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Professor Paddy Nixon
Australia can’t remake China into a completely different country. Instead, we need to see it as a challenge to be managed — not an enemy.
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The first batch of returning international students are due to fly in this weekend, but Australia has a lot of work to do to maintain its pre-COVID share of the global education market.