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Lowy results underline the need for foreign policy experts

Australians are not all that keen on democracy — just as well, as they don’t seem to be really sure what democracy is. The Lowy report into our attitudes contains some troubling trends.

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At last, China gets on board carbon trading

Environmentalists cheered when China announced it would finally put a price on carbon. But as usual, the price is far too low to have any meaningful impact on the country’s vast emissions.

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Why is China interested in helping war-torn Mali?

Is China’s decision to get involved in a peacekeeping mission to Mali entirely driven out of altruism? The move is seen as part of an increasingly assertive foreign policy agenda.

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China’s economy still booming

Crikey readers talk China’s economy, class warfare and future prime minister Tony Abbott.

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‘Don’t mention this’: China’s economy is worse than you think

The Chinese economy is no longer growing at a rate of knots. Will the new leadership succeed with economic reform — and what would happen to Australia if they don’t?

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In China, landing on the rich list can land you in jail

Life can be tough being young and wealthy in China — especially if you’re a descendant of Chairman Mao. And with exposure on the country’s new rich lists it’s getting tougher.

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Media briefs: News Corp settles … Daily erection … UK TV hit …

Rupert Murdoch has got a pesky lawsuit off his back. And all the latest media news.

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Could North Korea nuke Australia? (Yes, but don’t worry)

North Korea is beating its chest about its nuclear potential. So would the rogue state have the capacity to bomb Australia? Freelance writer David Donaldson asks some big questions.

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Australia’s uncertainty about China dominates PM’s visit

Julia Gillard is on her second trip to China as PM. There are tentative signs of the relationship improving, but a key topic behind the scenes is how to address Australia’s uncertainty over China. Our correspondent is in Bo’ao.

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The climate change superpower is China — can US catch up?

A report out today shows the US is falling behind in the global low-carbon economy, while China surges ahead. Barack Obama has promised action on climate; what options does he have? The Climate Institute deputy CEO Erwin Jackson reports.

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Nuclear meltdown

Crikey readers have their say on the issues important to them.

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The skies clear as China changes guard, but what lies beneath?

China’s annual “Parliament” is underway and all eyes are on the country’s two new leaders. Will the new guard shift the focus from internal stability towards economic reform? You might have to wait to find out.

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Xi’s challenge: addressing China’s income inequality

New leader of China’s Communist Party Xi Jinping has made a commitment to addressing income inequality in China. But without wide-ranging reforms, real change seems unlikely.

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How China could shape Australia’s election campaign

Julia Gillard will take centre stage at a high-profile economic forum in China in two months. The Middle Kingdom may help shape Australia’s election campaign, so the trip is significant.

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The quest for wives for China’s little emperors

China’s one child policy has left a nation with far too many men. And yet, writes journalist Kway Teo in Beijing, sons are still more highly cherished than daughters.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Australia’s ugliest public art?

A delightful story of the power of social media on Chinese cultural matters that saw this statue removed from a busy intersection in in Urumqi, Xinjiang. But what’s Australia’s ugliest statue?

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Rio Tinto hits rivers of trouble in Mongolia’s mines

While Rio Tinto’s executives bask in the friendly climes of London, Perth and Singapore, it’s in Mongolia — one of the unforgiving lands where the it digs up its treasure — Rio has again orchestrated its own crisis.

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When the censor writes the editorial: how China responded

In an ominous sign of what might be to come from China’s new leadership, ham-fisted censorship of a newspaper editorial has led to a strike, protests on the street and outrage online, writes Beijing-based Kway Teow.

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Sisyphus and the boulder of Chinese broadband bullshit

China isn’t getting an NBN, and it doesn’t cost a third of ours, regardless of what The Australian claims.

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US authorities playing hardball with auditors in China

US authorities have formally accused the major accounting firms’ China branches over their auditing practices. Beijing-based freelancer Kway Teow delves into the murky world of Chinese auditing.

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Following in Deng’s footsteps: meet China’s new cabinet

China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping has taken his first tour. Eschewing pomp, he has recreated a famous tour by a former president. Meet the “secretive seven” who will rule China next year.

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Bishop in China: Coalition comes calling to smooth over Abbott

Liberal Party deputy Julie Bishop is leading a heavy hitting group of Libs and Nats on a three-city tour of China, attempting to smooth over some of Tony Abbott’s past mistakes.

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China and the growing global reach of state-owned media

Chinese state media has begun popping up in places around the world. William Mackenzie, a foreign journalist working for CRI in Beijing, argues the whole murky apparatus is not just Orwellian but unprecedented.

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China is changing, just not into a democracy

Crikey readers weigh in on the big issues of the day.

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Media briefs: election coverage (here and there) … drunken Daily Mail

Why Aussie reporters love the US, but not about China … US papers on today’s vote … Melbourne Cup makes world news, but not in a good way …

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