April, 2018

Turnbull’s allegiance to the US creates regional tension with China

, Apr 27, 2018

Between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, the whole region is on edge.

Kevin Rudd thinks he’s still relevant to China-Australia relations

, Apr 26, 2018

Despite ongoing efforts, Rudd's populist appeals on Chinese social media aren't necessarily landing well.

Government strangely silent on Alinta’s Beijing connections

, Apr 05, 2018

The government is hostile to Chinese investment in Australian electricity interests -- until it is desperate for a political fix, then anything goes.

Clive Hamilton and his (mildly justified) conspiracy theory

, Apr 04, 2018

Clive Hamilton's book on Chinese influence works best when it dissects the activities of Australia's clutch of China apologists. But he struggles to show how any Beijing influence has ever been effectively used.

Is PNG trying to pervert justice for Manus Island asylum seekers?

, Apr 03, 2018

While injustices on Nauru receive a good airing, not many people are talking about what's happening in Papua New Guinea right now.

Xi moves a pebble in China’s economy and Australia suffers an earthquake

, Mar 27, 2018

No matter the result of the economic standoff between China and the US, Xi Jinping's moves to shed China's extraordinary debt and avoid a stagnant economy are already making a mark on Australia's economy.

Are declining Chinese student numbers a casualty of diplomacy or just poor branding?

, Mar 19, 2018

Data released by Austrade have shown that the number of visas issued to Chinese tertiary students has dropped for the first time in years, amid ongoing claims of interference by the Chinese government.

Will Turnbull confront Aung San Suu Kyi when she arrives for ASEAN?

, Mar 14, 2018

Aung San Suu Kyi's upcoming visit to the ASEAN conference in Sydney this weekend raises important questions about Australia's relationship with Myanmar. Crikey investigates why.

The fall of Julie Bishop?

, Mar 12, 2018

It wasn't so long ago that Bishop was seen as an obvious successor to Turnbull. What a difference a year makes.

Religious violence escalates in Sri Lanka

, Mar 09, 2018

An escalation in violence is being expected between Sri Lanka's Buddhists and its Muslim minority. For some, echoes of the civil war are unavoidable.

Timor-Leste’s problems run deeper than a hung parliament, and they begin with Australia

, Mar 01, 2018

With a new energy deal with Australia on the table, and with an end to a year of political gridlock in sight, the future should be bright for Timor-Leste. But will it fall pray to the same pattern of corruption that led it here?

Dutton’s department leaves vital medical positions vacant

, Feb 26, 2018

The resignation of Dr John Brayley, the Surgeon General and CMO of the Australian Border Force, has closed a vital channel of advocacy for refugees. Four months later, the position is still empty.

Philippines drug war kills countless poor people, while the rich escape unscathed

, Feb 23, 2018

Duterte’s war on drugs has become, like in every other nation where a drugs war is waged, an onslaught against the poor.

Searching for smart tax implementation? Look a little closer to home

, Feb 22, 2018

The government of Singapore has revealed a new plan to boost GST and implement a carbon tax to offset predicted budget strain — foresight the Turnbull government could use.

The Year of The Dog follows a dog of a year between Australia and China

, Feb 16, 2018

It's the Lunar New Year, and hopefully a time for a fresh start for gradually darkening Australia China relations.

Will Telstra’s adventures abroad plug its leaks back home?

, Feb 14, 2018

Amid a slew of bad deals and a stagnant share-price, shareholders shouldn't hold their breath that Telstra's Asian excursions will pay off.

Indonesian military sensitivity sends BBC journalist packing from Papua

, Feb 05, 2018

West Papua has shown once again that freedom of speech is only for those who follow the rules.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: the Greens have no hope of winning the Australia Day debate. Nor should they.

, Jan 25, 2018

Senator Derryn Hinch takes on the Change the Date debate in his first Senate Diary of 2018.

Young, unmarried couple in New Zealand have sex. You won’t believe what happens next!

, Jan 22, 2018

News that New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern was pregnant sent the country into a frenzy last week. We examine the responses which ranged from lovely to bizarre to downright nonsensical.

The Myanmar military has a long, practised and sordid history of deceit

, Jan 19, 2018

In times of national crisis, Myanmar’s martial tradition of dissembling and deceit, often breathtaking in its audacity, stretches back to the army’s earliest forays into national politics.