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The benefits of breeding: China relaxes one-child policy

China’s one-child policy has been relaxed, but as China’s working-age population begins to decline, the benefits won’t be seen for some time.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

According to a two-year study by the Institute of Medicine and the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations, medical professionals helped design, enable and participated in “torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of detainees at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA.

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The Chinese reform agenda: a committee to push it forward?

There’s high hopes of further economic and social reform to come from the Chinese Community Party’s 18th CCP Central Committee Third Plenum. But the big calls will probably be dodged.

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Crikey Clarifier: is China showing us up on climate change action?

The Climate Institute’s Erwin Jackson talks to Ailun Yang, a senior associate on the major emerging economies team of the World Resources Institute, about China’s green future.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Tony Abbott continues his worldwide quest to get pictures with women to prove they don’t hate him.

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Huawei charm offensive can’t whitewash complicity in surveillance

Huawei has launched a charm offensive to portray itself as independent of governments. But it has a track record of working closely with the world’s worst regimes.

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Tread with care: Australian military trains up China’s rivals

The Australian military has trained up almost 1000 soldiers from Vietnam and the Philippines — countries which China is in dispute. We’ll need to tread carefully if regional conflicts worsen.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

China’s million “internet behaviour monitors” top the country’s entire active military force … Solar power nearly as cheap as fossil fuels … rising concerns of US debt default

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Taking care of business: Abbott and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Coalition has promised to involve industry groups more in trade negotiations. But Dr Matthew Rimmer of the ANU College of Law argues industry already has too much influence.

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Free trade crusade is easier said than done

Freelance journalist David Donaldson says the incoming Abbott government will have to balance the free-trade ethos of the Liberals with the protectionism of the Nationals. It won’t be easy.

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China is driving our economy, but will be ignored in the election

Treasury clearly needs to lift its game on China — they got it wrong in May and may well be wrong again.

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Will America park its drones on our lawn? Military men talk options

Congressional hearings in Washington have revealed the US military is openly canvassing hosting controversial unmanned aircraft in the region — including at Australian bases.

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Is China in for a hard landing, or is this the new normal?

It is possible that China’s GDP growth will slow to 7%, a 23-year low. Business Spectator commentator Stephen Koukoulas asks: what will that mean for the global — and Australia’s — economy?

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Never visit your parents? In China, you’ve been served

Moral and legal obligations clash in China, as the government attempts to protect the family unit. If you don’t visit your parents you might get sued, reports freelancer Kway Teow in Beijing.

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Welcome to the post-boom economy … hope you like it

Australia’s economy is booming, right? Not anymore. MacroBusiness editor David Llewellyn-Smith says it’s time to say goodbye to mining, rising house prices and favourable trade.

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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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