Good morning, early birds. The Chinese government has announced it plans to impose new security laws in Hong Kong, and, in a separate story, has begun warning state-owned utilities against purchasing Australian thermal coal. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
After a quiet six months following the 2019 Hong Kong protests, the clash over Beijing’s ever-creeping influence in the city has resumed.
The historic victory for pan-democratic candidates means that Beijing has been profoundly misreading the situation on the ground.
The People's Liberation Army are yet to move on Hong Kong, but their appearance in the city presents an alarming outcome for protesters and journalists currently targeted by authorities.
Australia may seem buffered for now from the global uprising gripping parts of the world. Don't expect that to last.
Crikey readers on Australia-China relations, and the question of the congestion tax.
Australian politicians are slamming China while preparing to sign a free trade deal with a widely discredited administration that is subjugated to Beijing. What planet are they living on?
When it comes to the deadly protests currently taking place in Iraq, the silence from Australia's politicians and media commentators has been deafening.