Sang celebrates self-deprecation and negative emotions, its followers catapulted the unlikely and unenthusiastic singer to the finale of a Chinese boy band show.
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.
The Chinese president has used a major address to reassert China's role as a rising superpower and its willingness to be front and centre on major global issues, including climate change.
It would be useful for China's big tech firms to toe the party line. But the once mutually-beneficial relationship between these companies and the government is becoming increasingly strained.
Among the many issues that Joe Biden has to deal with, what place does he reserve for the alliance of democracies project that he mentioned during his presidential campaign?
The new US administration has talked about setting up an alliance of democracies. For the time being, the project seems vague. Yet such an alliance is necessary.
A child stands near a large screen showing photos of Chinese President Xi Jinping near a carpark in Kashgar in western China’s Xinjiang region.
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Rights-based pressure on China over its treatment of Uyghurs is necessary, but other nations could also present best practices for the ethical treatment of racialized minorities in their own countries.
President Biden has so far kept most of his predecessor’s tough-on-China policies.
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A scholar of global relations says China seems worried about its future. Meanwhile, the US and Europe still treat China as a threat. The clash of world views could be destabilizing.
Happy New Year: China’s president Xi Jinping delivers his message to friends (and foes) around the world.
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China's relationship with the US suffered during the Trump presidency. Will a new president bring a change of atmosphere?
As China's influence and economic strength grows, it is unlikely to give middle powers like Australia more latitude to manage their relations with both Beijing and Washington.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, connected via video with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold a news conference after a virtual summit with China’s President in Brussels on September 14, 2020.
The October launch of the "EU-US Dialogue on China" shows that the two shores of the Atlantic have come to recognise the importance of coordination and cooperation when facing up to Xi Jinping.
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Australia's policy-makers are pursuing a one-dimensional "stand up to Chinese bullying" approach — and it clearly isn't working.
China's attacks on Australia may seem over the top, but they are meant to achieve specific goals — playing to a nationalist domestic audience and making an example of Australia to the world.
Chinese President Xi Jinping meets New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Beijing, 2019.
With tensions between China and New Zealand's main security allies increasing dangerously, could Jacinda Ardern play the role of peacemaker?
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.
What started as Trump’s petty complaints on trade with China eventually escalated into what many call 'a new Cold War'.
It remains to be seen whether China's climate promise is genuine. But it puts pressure on many other nations – not least Australia – to follow.
President Donald Trump may have removed his mask, but the uncertainty posed by his positive COVID-19 test continues.
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What might be the global geopolitical significance of Trump's positive COVID-19 test?
COVID-19 pandemic has seen the Morrison government abandon long-held dogma on debt and deficits. But on climate and energy, it's singing from the same old songbook.
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There is a risk of a 'great fracture' between the US and China. But unlike the Cold War, so far, no one has brandished a shoe at the General Assembly.
Plot twists in the TikTok saga continue to emerge daily, with a proposed deal to secure its future in the US now in doubt. Here's what it means for TikTok users — and for geopolitics.