China is challenging the idea of democracy, but western leaders are eroding democratic rights too.
China’s need for private security services in Africa has grown significantly as Beijing increases its investment in the continent.
In the short term, the war is causing energy prices to soar and prompting fears of famine in some countries. In the long term, it could remake the modern global supply chain.
Africa runs the risk, yet again, of being an onlooker while others make policy for the continent.
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China’s Belt and Road initiative offers advantages and drawbacks for renewable energy development worldwide.
Through its Belt and Road Initiative, China has become the world’s largest country-to-country lender. A new study shows that more than half of its loans threaten sensitive lands or Indigenous people.
Once seen as mainly as a source of international students, China has for a decade been strategically repositioning itself as a provider of international education.
Beijing’s suspension of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue sends a strong signal it is prepared to escalate tensions.
The move is designed to demonstrate to the Australian public, the Chinese leadership, and Australia’s allies that Canberra is holding firm in its ‘push back’ against Beijing.
In Athens, Colombo and London, Chinese investment is transforming urban space.
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.
China’s signature foreign policy is controversial for lots of reasons. But the environmental damage potentially wrought by the project has received scant attention.
Twenty years after the first China-Africa forum, the perceptions of ordinary African citizens still need to be better considered in government-to-government interactions.
It’s all in the details: the wide-ranging powers hinge on the yet-to-be-defined ‘institutional autonomy’ of foreign partners that enter into agreements with Australian public universities.
The proposed bill represents a massive over-reach that will do far more harm than good.
Scott Morrison and Dan Andrews don’t have a lot in common – but they are both as bold as brass when it comes to grabbing for power. As we saw this week.
While some questions remain, the federal government looks like it is on safe constitutional ground with its proposed bill.
The Morrison government will introduce legislation to enable it to review and cancel agreements state, territory and local governments and public universities have entered with foreign governments.
The chief minister has described the BRI as a ‘win-win’ for Australia and China. But in the lead-up to this weekend’s election, the major parties have been cautious about how they talk about China.