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Tianjin Garden at the northern end of Spring Street is a symbol of Melbourne’s 40-year friendship with its sister city, Tianjin. Leonid Andronov/Shutterstock

After 40 years of Australian-Chinese sister cities, how are they faring?

Australian city councils appreciate the social and educational benefits of having Chinese sister cities. Gaining new markets and attracting tourists and investment have proved more challenging.
Rudd said Australia must once again become the international champion of the South Pacific nations: ‘The so-called 'Pacific step-up’ is hollow.‘ Lukas Coch/AAP

Kevin Rudd urges Australia to reduce its economic dependence on China

Launching journalist Peter Hartcher's Quarterly Essay, Red Flag: Waking up to China's challenge, Rudd said “we have become too China-dependent. We need to diversify further".
Keating attacked The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in particular for their China coverage. Darren England/AAP

Paul Keating attacks media for ‘pious belchings’ over China

Amid debate about China's refusal of visa to two federal MPs, former PM Paul Keating denounced the media for 'failing to present a balanced picture of the rise, legitimacy and importance of China'.
‘It is inevitable that Australia will make more decisions that China doesn’t like,’ said Penny Wong. Joel Carrett/AAP

Define the boundaries in new phase of Australia-China relationship: Wong

Focusing on China policy in a Monday address - released ahead of delivery - Penny Wong says Australia needs to 'define the boundaries' of its engagement with China as the relationship is in a new phase.

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