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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 | 10 UNLOCK?

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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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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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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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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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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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 | 9

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 | 21

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 | 12

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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Mercy in Indonesia as Mary Jane Veloso spared

A groundswell of support from the Indonesian people and a startling admission by a Filipino drug smuggler saved a foreign domestic worker from the firing squad last night, writes freelance journalist Cade Lucas in Indonesia

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SALLY WHYTE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 13

Tears, anger and diplomatic posturing: how the day unfolded for Australia

Australia is withdrawing its ambassador to Indonesia in response to the Indonesian government carrying out the death sentences of two Australian citizens.

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India ramps up earthquake relief, with fear a constant companion

India has lost almost 100 people in the weekend’s earthquake, with the government focusing relief efforts on helping devastated Nepal and its own poorest states. Alys Francis, freelance journalist in India, reports.

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Diplomacy hits snag as Yangon embassy pours cold water on BBQ

So much for soft diplomacy — the Australian embassy in Yangoon has closed its doors to the wider Australian community in Myanmar.

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Iron giants: Gina’s gunning for Twiggy, and it ain’t gonna be pretty

Gina Rinehart is about to start pumping out 55 million tonnes a year of iron ore from her Roy Hill mine. This is very bad news for Fortescue.

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The lies our government is telling refugees about Cambodia

The Australian government has devised a “fact sheet” to tell refugees in Nauru what they could expect from life in Cambodia. But the fact sheet is full of lies.

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Abbott and Bishop have lost their cojones as Asian neighbours run roughshod over rights

Thailand has instituted an insidious new regime of repression. But you won’t hear it mentioned in Canberra …

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How Big Iron’s mistake cost you billions

Grave miscalculations about China’s domestic steel production have landed Australia’s iron ore sector in deep slag.

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Malaysia’s war on independent media escalates with five arrested for sedition

Three journalists and two managers at independent Malaysian online news site The Malaysian Insider have been arrested and charged with sedition. Freelance journalist Jarni Blakkarly reports.

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Tough love from Singapore’s founding father

The death of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew should remind us that much as he gave Malcolm Fraser some excellent tough-love advice, it might be time to return the favour.

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The death penalty continues because we want it to

The problem for anti-death penalty campaigners is that capital punishment is in fact very popular.

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