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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Which states depend on China most? And does it matter?

From iron ore to infrastructure, is there real reason to be concerned about state dependency on Chinese business?

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Government procured itself a serious problem when it signed up to trade treaty

The Coalition will use government procurement to drive greater Australian manufacturing. Only problem is it's given foreign firms access to government contracts and let them sue if we choose local.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The Beijing dilemma: right now, we need China more than it needs us

When it comes to dealing with the Chinese government, there is a big difference between sensible caution and needless provocation. Australia must choose wisely.

Chinese honour guard raise the Chinese flag during the commissioning ceremony of China's Shandong aircraft carrier (Image: Li Gang)

China uses COVID cover to push on with South China Sea expansion

As the US reels from the COVID-19 pandemic and Australia stares down an economic black hole, China is shoring up its gains in the disputed South China Sea.

A dose of economic reality: Australia without China is a smaller, poorer place

Australia needs China more than China needs Australia, and playing with our trade flows will hurt us far more than it.

Xi Jinping and Scott Morrison

Will Australia consciously uncouple from China?

Decoupling from China is a wise idea, but it must be done in a way that protects Chinese-Australians and avoids immiserating us all.

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What will Morrison’s bushfire moment be?

If a city blanketed in smoke can't shift Scott Morrison's climate denialism, what will? Perhaps trade sanctions against Australia.

Scott Morrison and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Forget what we think, does Indonesia really care about a trade deal with Australia?

Australia and Indonesia are closing in on a historic free trade deal. However the agreement still faces some stiff hurdles, both at home and abroad.

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Morrison pushes China in trade war turn

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has taken a side in the US-China trade war, and the family law inquiry is expected to drain vital resources from front-line domestic violence services. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

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Why is Australian trade becoming a political weapon?

Seeing trade through a lens of winners and losers, power and weakness, is a Donald Trump move. And it's increasingly common in Australia.