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As China frets democratising Taiwan, will regional security gatecrash Oz election?

As China frets democratising Taiwan, will regional security gatecrash Oz election?

Michael SainsburyMay 20, 20162 Comments

Taiwan, the country that China still insists on calling an errant province, is causing headaches in Beijing.

Defence deal is Singapore special fried pork

Defence deal is Singapore special fried pork

Michael SainsburyMay 10, 20161 Comment

Singapore is taking a risk in entering into a defence deal with a known US ally -- but China's influence is not what it used to be.

Packer comes a cropper in Asia, but he'll always have Barangaroo

Packer comes a cropper in Asia, but he'll always have Barangaroo

Michael SainsburyMay 9, 2016

Packer has finally had enough waiting around for a win in Asia. He has nothing much to prove to anyone any more.

Resettle asylum seekers on Norfolk Island? Didn't go so well last time

Resettle asylum seekers on Norfolk Island? Didn't go so well last time

Luke MillerMay 6, 20164 Comments

Norfolk Island was once considered "Hell in the Pacific", writes historian Luke Miller. Which sounds like a solution to the government's asylum seeker problem.

Yet another budget where Australia pigheadedly misunderstands China

Yet another budget where Australia pigheadedly misunderstands China

Michael SainsburyMay 4, 20164 Comments

ScoMo has it wrong on China. But don't worry, Moz, almost all Aussie treasurers do.

The death trap that endangers hundreds of thousands of Aussies a year

The death trap that endangers hundreds of thousands of Aussies a year

Michael SainsburyMay 3, 20162 Comments

Don't drive in Thailand.

Chan and Sukumaran casualties of Jokowi's PR war

Chan and Sukumaran casualties of Jokowi's PR war

Cade LucasApr 29, 20162 Comments

Indonesia's new President, Joko Widodo, wanted to prove his strength by executing drug traffickers, writes Cade Lucas, who was in Indonesia at the time.

Global trail of murder, corruption dogs Australia's newest defence contractor

Global trail of murder, corruption dogs Australia's newest defence contractor

Michael SainsburyApr 28, 20164 Comments

The company contracted to build Australia's next fleet of submarines has a shadowy, unresolved past.

PNG gives middle finger to selfish Australian overlords -- and good on them

PNG gives middle finger to selfish Australian overlords -- and good on them

John MartinkusApr 28, 201621 Comments

In Australia, we thought we had found a “solution” to asylum seekers with our own tropical concentration camp on Manus. Not so, says that country's Supreme Court. Freelance journalist John Martinkus reports.

The grim, deadly reminders that the war in Afghanistan has failed

The grim, deadly reminders that the war in Afghanistan has failed

John MartinkusApr 26, 20165 Comments

Since Australian troops left, Afghanistan has become even more dangerous, writes former foreign correspondent John Martinkus.