John Kerry talks trade with workers at Boeing
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Washington is in the midst of a heated debate over President Obama’s proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. It certainly has created some unorthodox political bedfellows. The president is…
As China realises the unpriced costs of coal power, such as air pollution, coal production is starting to fall.
China's falling coal production suggests the world is waking up to the real cost of coal, calculated as $5.3 trillion in a report released this week.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
For sub-Saharan Africa to benefit fully from its growing economic ties with China both parties need to change their behaviour and attitude.
A Chinese government image of soldiers on one of the built-up Spratly islands.
The US is considering using warships and helicopters to pressure China into scaling back construction in the Spratly islands. But why is there one rule for China, and another for other nations?
Much to talk about: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chat during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
India wants closer engagement with its neighbours as it aspires to become a global manufacturing hub. Narendra Modi's visits to China, Mongolia and South Korea are all about promoting this agenda.
Hong Kong: a showcase for Asian urban development.
Nobel Laureates met recently in Hong Kong to sign a memorandum calling for cities to help guard against climate change. As the most creative places on the planet, big cities are the perfect place to meet this challenge.
Bag it up. Is airport security at risk?
When reports surface that a drugs syndicate might control an airport's baggage handlers, it's time to look at the pressure points for what is a precarious job – and a serious security threat.
Friends for the benefits.
Despite the emphasis on a mutually beneficial economic relationship, political and security concerns have the power to undermine cooperation between China and India.
A submarine missile-launching capacity brings the threat closer to the shores of the target country.
North Korea does not yet have the capacity to launch a nuclear missile from a submarine. Its recent test, however, suggests it is making progress to a game-changing second-strike capability.
A Filipino soldier patrols the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The US is considering sending aircrafts and warships to patrol the disputed area, which is claimed by China and four other Southeast Asian countries.
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The US is considering naval patrols of disputed parts of the South China Sea in response to China's creation of artificial islands. Other nations with claims may welcome a temporary US presence.
Every year millions of birds migrate between Australia and the northern Hemisphere.
Five million shorebirds migrate between Australia and the northern hemisphere, threatened by habitat destruction, and rising seas. How can we protect this natural marvel?
Technology’s improving, but pay isn’t.
The technological transformation of China's many factories has failed to bring with it an upgrade in working conditions.
China’s neighbours have accused it of destroying an estimated 120 hectares of coral reef systems in the disputed Spratly Islands through land reclamation.
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China's island-building activities in the South China Sea play well to a nationalistic domestic audience and aim to reinforce its territorial and maritime claims in a potentially resource-rich area.
The cost of low emissions technology is falling faster than modelling five years ago expected, lowering the cost of reducing carbon emissions.
Despite solid results from the first emissions reduction fund auction, Australia hasn't yet got a climate policy to last.
Australian food exports, like beef, are regarded by Chinese buyers as clean and safe.
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Australia's emerging agriculture boom can last much longer than the mining boom -- but the industry needs policies that will encourage investment.
An Islamic finance centre-to-be.
Already a trillion dollar industry, Islamic finance is making inroads in China, where it is being trialled in a small province in the country's northwest.
What goes up must come down: Australia’s economy is in for a wild ride ahead.
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Now is not the time for complacency. Australia must be on the front foot if it wants to make the most of what economists are calling the "new normal."
Powerful waves of nationalist sentiment have endured since the second world war and continue to pose difficulties for the leaders of Japan and China.
The fog of the second world war and the murkiness of the post-war settlement laid the contours of Asia's complex and uncertain strategic landscape.
The Dalai Lama has been coy about his successor.
An elaborate and lengthy selection process is in danger of being co-opted by the Chinese government.
The cut to China’s reserve requirement ratio (RRR) can also be seen as a move against China’s unregulated shadow banking sector.
The 100 basis points cut by the People's Bank of China is as much as about containing unregulated credit within China as a bolster to slowing growth.