A diplomatic thaw has occurred between Australia and China, as Foreign Minister Marise Payne meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
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Marise Payne this week became the first Australian foreign minister to visit China in three years – another indication that the frost in the relationship is thawing.
While their foreign policy approaches may seem very similar, there were some significant differences.
In one of the most difficult foreign policy environments since the end of the Vietnam War, the two leaders have revealed strong similarities but also key differences on our relationships abroad.
“New Hollanders” depicted in a 1698 edition of the explorer William Dampier’s journal.
Courtesy of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, University of Hawai'i-Mānoa
The image, depicting a group of Indigenous people resisting their enslavement, predates the next oldest image by 75 years.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is a towering figure in India’s history.
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Standing 240m tall, the Statue of Unity celebrates India's development. But jarringly, it towers over a divisive and environmentally damaging dam project.
Independent Kerryn Phelps’s roll call of “decency, integrity, humanity” harked back to the women who fought hard for female enfranchisement in the early 20th century.
The early suffragists would be rolling in their graves to know that women joining the ranks of parliamentarians barely changed their male colleagues’ outlook and demeanour at all.
Tasmania’s lower house will consider a bill to remove sex from birth certificates, which would be a first for an Australian state or territory.
Having a gender identity that does not match one's sex on a birth certificate can cause confusion and embarrassment and potentially lead to discrimination.
The government’s stubborn commitment to coal is alienating it from its natural supporters in the business community.
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The federal government's the stubborn commitment to coal is pulling the government’s economic policy towards the sort of state socialism it is supposed to abhor.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s suggestion that Australia might move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem puts us on a slippery foreign policy slope.
Australia should focus on playing a positive role in the ongoing Middle East process, rather than auctioning off its foreign policy for the sake of winning the Wentworth byelection.
Dick pics are widely considered a form of sexual violence. But while that is often true, they can also be funny, sexy and playful. Apparently, some straight guys even send them to each other.
Much attention will be on the next meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at the G20 in late November.
Ongoing volatility is causing intense debate about how to manage relations between the two powerful nation, which is only likely to become more challenging.
If Bill Shorten becomes prime minister, he should not be afraid to take a close look at the effectiveness of the home affairs “super” portfolio.
With polling showing Labor is vulnerable on security issues, the opposition leader has the difficult task of distinguishing his party from the government while not being wedged from the right.
Board-level risk indicators include one person dominating meetings or a culture of blaming and withholding information.
It is a furphy that regulation for good corporate culture is impossible. It is done in the Netherlands and it is already under way in Australia, albeit in an unacknowledged, and limited, form.
Children not only lose their sibling, their parents can also disappear into profound grief.
It's important to make genuine room for children in discussions about death, ritual planning and meaning-making.
The US and China find it extremely difficult to see the world from the other’s perspective.
Cold War 2.0 may not be fanciful: The US and China are plainly entering a period of significant geopolitical rivalry, and each has ambitions that are mutually incompatible.
The detente between North and South Korea continues, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (right) pushing on regardless of the United States.
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The Pyongyang Declaration between the two Koreas is about much more than nuclear power – and leaves the US on the outer.
Our society should ensure older people remain employed and engaged in their communities, rather than pushed to the margins.
Better aged care will only come when we as a society stop marginalising older people and start recognising the needs of their carers.
It’s just a tiny part of the Y chromosome that kickstarts the development of testes.
There are many cultural and social factors involved in making a baby into a man or a woman. But biologically speaking, sex starts when you're just a tiny group of cells in your mother's uterus.
Extending pharmaceutical monopolies would substantially increase costs for taxpayers.
The EU is asking Australia to extend drug company monopolies. This could mean Australians wait longer for access to cheaper, generic medicines.
On average, women tend to behave more submissively than men.
In evolutionary terms, it’s better to be at the bottom of the hierarchy than to be dead – and that's why submissive behaviours still persist in us humans. Even if we don't like it.
US President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sign the historic Oslo accord at the White House in September 1993.
In 1993 the Oslo Accords were struck in optimism, but a quarter of a century later little has changed - and there's no real prospect it ever will.