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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Australia seeks NGO blessing for Cambodia refugee deal, likely to include Manus

Australia now hopes to send refugees from Manus Island to Cambodia as well as those from Nauru.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | UNLOCK?

Iron ore miners, beware: China is not going to keep buying our resources

China’s economy is slowing, and its housing market is in the toilet. While Treasury forecasts suggest everything is fine, underneath the surface the cracks are beginning to show.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 3 UNLOCK?

Abbott gets an audience with Indonesia’s shrubbery-defacing President

Just 12 hours into his presidency, Joko Widodo has shown himself to be a new kind of leader, writes Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 1 UNLOCK?

China’s anti-corruption campaign could hurt Aussie unis

The most important meeting of China’s Communist Party will begin today. On the agenda is a possible overhaul of China’s legal system — but its anti-corruption campaign has already begun to take its toll.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 3 UNLOCK?

Abbott woos Jokowi, party invite in hand

Today the real work begins for incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo, writes Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 10 UNLOCK?

Trade officials gather in Canberra — to undermine the national interest

Canberra is hosting the current round of talks to try to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty — despite the damage it will inflict on the national interest.

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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 10 UNLOCK?

Your quick guide to multinational tax dodging

Multinational tax avoidance is a truly massive problem — but defining it is the first of many challenges.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 1

The battle for Beijing could destabilise Canberra

Next August the government will choose a new ambassador to China. But with numerous forces competing for what could be the first political appointment, Abbott might not be the prime minister to send the newbie to Beijing.

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GLENN DYER | ASIA-PACIFIC | 4 UNLOCK?

China and US in trade tug-of-war, with Australia stuck in the middle

China’s push for a new, World Bank-style global institution, along with its decision to reintroduce tariffs on coal imports, has wedged Australia into a precarious position.

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ASIA-PACIFIC |

Jokowi hailed a beacon of hope, but could be a shrinking violet

Indonesia’s new President may struggle to fulfil his wide-ranging promises of reform, writes freelance journalist Ari Sharp.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

Backroom Beijing power struggle could be fuelling Hong Kong protests

China is at a loss as to what to do about peaceful Hong Kong protesters, and thus far its attempts to handle the situation have been disastrous. But whatever the outcome, Beijing will never be the same.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 7

Deep in debt, can Nauru survive if Australia closes its detention centre?

Australia is set to give Nauru nearly $30 million in aid this financial year, but it won’t be enough to fix the island nation’s financial problems.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ASIA-PACIFIC | 4

New search underway for MH370: what we know so far

The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will resume this week in the high-pressure vast darkness that is the ocean floor.

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CRIKEY INTERN | ASIA-PACIFIC | 7

Crikey Clarifier: why are Hong Kongers protesting in the streets?

Some 160,000 people have flooded the streets of Hong Kong to demand real democracy. Crikey intern Luke Mortimer finds out what the protests are all about.

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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 14

Korea’s ‘free trade’ commitment to keep Australians out

Australia’s “free trade agreement” with South Korea establishes a remarkable disparity between Koreans working in Australia and Australians working in Korea.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 3

China’s ABC bullying part of a long game

Relations with China are at a nadir due to the Abbott government’s embrace of Japan. Beijing’s threats to the ABC are just part of the strategy.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 24

Morrison seals refugees’ Cambodian fate — but for how many?

The Australian government will give Cambodia $40 million a year to take some of the refugees currently on Nauru. But will the deal involve five or 1000?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 25

Cambodia refugee deal costs soar, with moral price immeasurable

Scott Morrison’s new refugee deal with Cambodia has no cap on the number of people to be “resettled” in one of Asia’s poorest nations.

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How John Key could become New Zealand’s Richard Nixon

John Key’s National Party has regained power in New Zealand, despite being plagued by accusations of misdeeds. But it might not be long before the scandals catch up with Key, writes NZ-based writer Giovanni Tiso.

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WILLIAM BOWE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Poll Bludger: sorry, teens, no one wants to let you vote

Would lowering the voting age and installing indigenous-only Senate seats re-engage people disillusioned with Australia’s political process? Perhaps, but a conservative government would never allow it.

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WILLIAM BOWE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Key likely to hold on, but it hasn’t been an easy road

New Zealand goes to the polls tomorrow, and it is likely to return the Key government. But there are some wildcards.

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ASIA-PACIFIC |

Death threats, leaks, Snowden and Eminem: NZ’s weird election campaign

Eminem, Julian Assange and spying allegations are just some of the curious elements in the campaign for New Zealand’s general elections, writes New Zealand-based Italian writer Giovanni Tiso.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Morrison fumes, Cambodia asylum seeker deal stalls

Australia’s plan to send refugees to Cambodia might not come to fruition, as the Cambodian government is dragging its feet.

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ASIA-PACIFIC |

Our land is girt by oil-rich sea … that we steal from East Timor

Australia has been stealing billions of dollars from one of our poorest neighbours, writes Clinton Fernandes, associate professor at the University of New South Wales in Canberra and specialist in Australian foreign policy.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

China’s housing bubble is bursting — and Australia should be very worried

Australia depends on the Chinese housing market for more than just iron ore and steel — our entire economy will feel the shock waves of China’s property bubble bursting.

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