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Australian business ramps up China lobbying, with help from the United Front

Australian business ramps up China lobbying, with help from the United Front

Australia's business elites continue to rub shoulders with the United Front Work Department — a secretive arm of the Chinese Communist Party.

Timor-Leste draws a line. Will Australia respect it?

Timor-Leste draws a line. Will Australia respect it?

Scott Morrison was playing nice over the weekend, but Australia has proved time and time again that it's hard-pressed to respect Timor-Leste's sovereignty.

Chinese international students are not a 'problem' to be solved

Chinese international students are not a 'problem' to be solved

Take it from a tutor: the media's obsession with Chinese students is misguided at best and racist dog-whistling at its worst. 

Australia reckons with a long history of neglecting its Asian neighbours

Australia reckons with a long history of neglecting its Asian neighbours

Successive Australian governments have snubbed, time and again, south-east Asian countries. This represents a potentially significant problem for Australia's strategic foothold in the region.

A lesson for the PM: speak up, but stick to English

A lesson for the PM: speak up, but stick to English

Things have gone badly awry between Australia and China. Was it something we said? 

Australia's economic bullying still soars above rising Pacific sea levels

Australia's economic bullying still soars above rising Pacific sea levels

Australia's history in the Pacific is about imperialist exploitation. Now the government has baldly stated that our economic interests come ahead even of the existence of Pacific island states.

Things haven't been this bad between Australia and China in 30 years

Things haven't been this bad between Australia and China in 30 years

Not since Bob Hawke granted asylum to Chinese students living in Australia following the Tiananmen Square massacre has Australia's relationship with China been so fraught.

How Australia trashed its legacy in Timor-Leste

How Australia trashed its legacy in Timor-Leste

It's almost 20 years since Australia led peacekeepers into the country but our true relationship is one threaded with manipulation, deception, bullying and greed.

Why New Zealand will not stop fighting Australia on deportation

Why New Zealand will not stop fighting Australia on deportation

The debate over Australia's deportation laws is tearing Australia apart from one of its closest allies — and it's only getting worse.

It's time to pay attention to Russia's rising power in the Pacfic

It's time to pay attention to Russia's rising power in the Pacfic

Five years after Tony Abbott threatened to "shirtfront" Putin, Australia needs to put Russia back on its radar.