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The AFR’s Michael Smith during Shanghai COVID-19 quarantine and Bill Birtles late last year returning from covering Hong Kong protests. Twitter (@MichaelSmithAFR and @BillBirtles)

Journalists have become diplomatic pawns in China’s relations with the West, setting a worrying precedent

Covering China has become an increasingly challenging task, but now foreign journalists like Australians Bill Birtles and Mike Smith are being expelled from the country at an alarming rate.
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".

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