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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 7 UNLOCK?

Thawley’s big mouth just exposes Abbott’s tin ear on China

The Abbott government clearly has no idea how anyone in China thinks, nor what to do to protect this vital relationship.

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Australian journalist faces jail under Thailand’s troubling ‘justice’ system

Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian are facing court — and the possibility of seven years in jail — for republishing a single paragraph of a Reuters story the Thai government disapproved of.

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‘Painful screw-up’: Jetstar bungled Hong Kong bid from the start

Insensitive”, “arrogant” and “premature”. These are just some of the words that help describe Jetstar’s failure to expand its business into Hong Kong.

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What if Malaysia faked everything we thought we knew about MH370?

MH370 did not crash in the Maldives. But what if the satellite data on which we’ve been relying has been fabricated?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 5

‘Free trade’ with China not all that free

Most governments love a good free-trade agreement. But not all FTAs are equal.

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Orient express: is a big Aussie company greasing palms to get ahead in Asia?

There are significant business opportunities in south-east Asia — but allegations of bribery against one Australian company are muddying the waters for everyone.

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GUY RUNDLE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 5

Rundle: the fractured lives of Kurdistan, as Turkey wrestles with the cost of peace

Islamists shot up a hotel only a few doors down from where Crikey’s writer-at-large Guy Rundle is staying. And that’s not even the scariest part.

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ASEAN divided as China’s power grab expands

If nations cannot solve their own internal divisions, or at lest map out a path to a more peaceful future, how can they be expected to help their neighbours in any meaningful way?

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Tiananmen Square: 26 years on, China’s abuses continue unchecked

China has no regard for human rights. And mealy-mouthed language from Australian politicians isn’t good enough.

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Why we should be worried about the South China Sea

China’s aggressive posturing over the South China Sea is a worrying development. And it’s not likely to stop there.

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Aung San Suu Kyi turning a blind eye to Rohingya plight

Has Myanmar’s opposition leader lost her moral authority?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Twiggy shakes trees in China, looking for an olive branch

It’s unlikely the Chinese will buy a major stake in Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group, but that’s not to say they won’t enter into the iron ore fray to FMG’s advantage …

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Myanmar’s refugee crisis all but ignored by Australia

Australia’s response to the discovery of slave camps and mass graves in south-east Asia, as well as the persecution and exodus of Muslim Burmese is black mark against our international duty.

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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

War on mums, war on China — all part of budget week games

The government’s attacks on working mothers this week managed to grab attention when it was hoping all eyes would be focused on small business handouts.

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Bear in the China shop: Hockey’s bullish fantasy ignores the coming recession

The glass-half-full crowd, including our benighted Treasurer, need to wake up to the reality of China’s economic downturn, before it drags us into recession.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

A deeply unfair budget for our Asian neighbours

When Hockey and Abbott talked up this budget of “fairness”, they neglected to mention the fiscal kindness wouldn’t extend beyond Australian borders — well, except to Cambodia.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Bishop in Thailand, but don’t mention the C-word

Julie Bishop has visited Thailand, the highest-ranking Abbott government member to do so, but funnily enough she did not seem to want to see the refugee’s paradise that is Cambodia.

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When to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em: Packer doubles down on Japan

Poor old James Packer is not having a great time of it in Macau. But there is another enticing prospect beckoning …

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How we will remember Chan and Sukumaran

If we never truly accept that people can learn from their mistakes, what kind of world are we accepting? Policy analyst Sarah Gill writes on the legacy of Chan and Sukumaran.

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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Essential: nannies, retaliation against Indonesia and retirement

While voters continue to look askance at the government’s capacity to handle foreign relations, its nannies policy might be a winner, Essential Report reveals.

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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

AFP: we did everything right with Bali nine case

The Australian Federal Police has rejected criticism of its role in the executions of Bali nine members Chan and Sukumaran, insisting everything it did was correct.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Thailand mass graves reveal migrant-slave deaths and media shackles

As Thailand’s human-trafficking history is revealed, the government is being forced to recognise that media freedom can help rid the country of this barbaric scourge.

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GUY RUNDLE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Rundle: after shots rang out, a deafening silence and nothing to be done

There was no need or moral purpose in killing Chan and Sukumaran, or the other six who died with them. But even the macabre theatre of death that execution involves will be swept up in the daily struggle to stay alive for hundreds of millions.

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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Abbott was always going to struggle to save Chan and Sukumaran

Australia’s poor relationship with Indonesia significantly reduced whatever chance Tony Abbott had of saving Chan and Sukumaran.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ASIA-PACIFIC |

How Chan and Sukumaran finally captured the Australian media’s heart

The coverage of the execution of Bali Nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has been sympathetic and tearful. But there was a time when the Australian media thought they were getting what they deserved.

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