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CHARLES RICHARDSON | ASIA-PACIFIC | 6 UNLOCK?

The top 10 elections of 2014

It was a big year in elections internationally, with six of the G20 members holding electoral contests during 2014. Herewith, the most exciting for the year.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 3 UNLOCK?

Move over, China — Abe’s strength is good news for Australia

Stop focusing all your attention on China — a free trade agreement with Japan will be a very big prize for Australia indeed.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ASIA-PACIFIC | 16 UNLOCK?

Malaysian conspiracy to cover up the truth of MH370

Crikey asked Plane Talker Ben Sandilands to explain the loss of MH370 in as few words as possible in a year end review

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 9 UNLOCK?

Ice cold: why China (and China alone) decided to release Kalynda Davis

China’s uncharacteristically lenient treatment of alleged drug mule Kalynda Davis is, in some ways, an anomaly and a distraction from the greater ice threat that should unite Australia and China.

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GILES PARKINSON | ASIA-PACIFIC | 41

The coal-backed fossil fuel lover setting Australia’s climate agenda

Trade Minister Andrew Robb, inexplicably travelling to Lima for climate talks, will have a friend at the conference — Bjorn Lomborg, speaking at an event sponsored by big coal company Peabody Energy.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 4

Spotlight on Cambodia as it debates returning 13 Vietnamese asylum seekers

Cambodia’s treatment of 13 recently arrived Vietnamese asylum seekers will make or break Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s refugee deal.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

Rising democracy burns brightly in Taiwan

Results from Taiwan’s election at the weekend send a clear message to Beijing — the people want democracy, and they have a once-in-a-century opportunity to achieve it.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

Myanmar’s student protests a glimmer of hope for reform

Myanmar’s students are unlikely to achieve much by their protest. But the fact that they are permitted to express their anger on the streets peacefully shows how far Myanmar has come.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ASIA-PACIFIC | 23

Tony Abbott’s big MH370 problem: is the Malaysian government lying?

The question that has been increasingly heard as the months pass is: who or what is the Malaysia government protecting?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

Catching Ire: Thai protesters turn to Katniss for inspiration

Life imitates art as Thai protestors emulate heroic protagonist Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games film franchise.

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SALLY WHYTE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

‘Pretty bleak’: Australia’s closed door puts pressure on Indonesia’s own refugee policies

Stopping the boats” hasn’t stopped the flow of refugees to Indonesia — but it has stranded them there without proper resources.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Myanmar’s reform process is two steps forward, one back

Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi may be out of house arrest, but change is still moving slowly in Myanmar.

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Think you know the world’s terrorism hotspots? Think again

India does not spring to mind as a global terrorism hotspot, but lawyer and commentator Irfan Yusuf finds there’s much we don’t know about the world’s second-most populous nation.

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CRIKEY INTERN | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Crikey Clarifier: why did Scott Morrison cancel asylum seeker applications from Indonesia?

In an effort by the Abbott government to stop people “jumping the queue”, it has made the queue intolerable. Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov reports.

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Two-timing Xi Jinping’s year of living gregariously

Xi Jinping set Australian hearts (and wallets) aflutter with promises of free trade and whispered sweet nothings. But freelance journalist Hari Raj discovers Xi’s been saying that to all the countries.

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The complicated politics of a French defence treaty

Australia and France have been quietly negotiating a defence treaty that will affect New Caledonia and French Polynesia. But the people that live there seem to have been lost in the negotiations, writes Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher on Pacific affairs.

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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

China FTA a win for the govt, but not the economy

A free trade agreement with China is unlikely to yield significant economic benefits, and we’d be better off simply liberalising our economy.

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CRIKEY INTERN | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Putin on the koalas: how the world’s media reported the G20

From India to Canada, China to Russia, Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov scour’s the world’s media for their take on Brisbane’s G20.

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G20 fails to deliver — but not for lack of Australia trying

The government was right to push for growth at the G20 summit but the minds of international leaders are no longer focused on the forum, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

With FTAs like these, who needs China?

While China persists with its counterproductive carrot-and-stick approach to trade, Australia should look to more manageable economic relationships in south-east Asia.

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US-China climate deal shows up Australia’s pathetic targets

It is clearer than ever that Australia must act on climate change — or risk being left behind. Climate Institute deputy CEO Erwin Jackson explains.

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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Xi-Obama deal leaves Abbott with nowhere to hide on climate

The climate action agreement between China and the US removes the assumption on which the Coalition’s entire contradictory approach to climate change is based.

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PADDY MANNING | ASIA-PACIFIC |

While superpowers act on climate, Australia and India poised to double down on coal

Indian company Adani is the last man standing in the Galilee Basin — and it looks like approval for a giant mine there is all but assured.

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CRIKEY INTERN | ASIA-PACIFIC |

From ‘shirt-fronting’ to ‘the sidelines’: how Russia reported the Putin-Abbott chinwag

The Australian media has raved about the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Tony Abbott, but Russian media was more interested in Putin’s chivalry, writes Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov.

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Abbott’s ambitious China free trade agreement a decade in the making

If the Abbott government manages to secure a free trade agreement with China, it will be quite the diplomatic victory, writes The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.

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