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SALLY WHYTE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

‘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 | UNLOCK?

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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ASIA-PACIFIC | UNLOCK?

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 | 3 UNLOCK?

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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ASIA-PACIFIC | 3 UNLOCK?

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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ASIA-PACIFIC | UNLOCK?

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 | 27 UNLOCK?

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 | 2 UNLOCK?

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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ASIA-PACIFIC | 8 UNLOCK?

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 | 6 UNLOCK?

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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ASIA-PACIFIC | 15 UNLOCK?

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 | 51 UNLOCK?

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 | 5 UNLOCK?

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 | 19 UNLOCK?

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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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 8 UNLOCK?

There’s only one agreement that matters at APEC — and it’s not with China

Australia is spruiking its forthcoming free trade agreement with China, but with China’s economy slowing, the FTA won’t make much difference.

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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 3 UNLOCK?

A China free trade agreement — worth railroading a few crooks for?

An extradition agreement with China would deliver people to one of the world’s worst legal systems, but the government may see that as a small price to pay for a free trade agreement.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 5

Packer’s fortunes tumble as China doubles down on crooks and high-rollers

James Packer’s Macau casino and his future business prospects in the Asia Pacific have taken a hit, likely due to the Chinese government’s wide-reaching anti-corruption campaign. Whatever his next move, Packer will need to speak softly …

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 3

China’s political fox hunt calls for some shirt-front diplomacy

Instead of quietly bowing to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party to help net fugitive Chinese officials, the Abbott government should be leveraging the opportunity to agitate for the release of Australians questionably imprisoned in China.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 1

China takes baby steps towards reforming its legal system

China is not going to revolutionise its legal system and become a Western-style free democracy. But President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption program suggests some change is afoot.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

India’s PM expecting a rock-star welcome Down Under

With backup dancers and movie stars, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes quite an impression. And his thousands of fans in Australia will be lining up to see the man next month, writes Alys Francis, freelance journalist in Delhi.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 3

Brutal new Defence Minister undermines Jokowi’s overtures to West Papua

Indonesia’s new President has talked of hope and reconciliation as regards West Papua, but appointing a hard-line former general sends a different message, writes Nic Maclellan, a journalist and researcher in the Pacific islands.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

Jokowi’s new Foreign Minister has not-so-fond memories of Canberra

Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma sifts through the sainted and the spurned in Jokowi’s new cabinet.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 14

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 |

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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