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  1. Meeting in the shadow of China

    Posted Nov 26th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia will have an opportunity early next week to re-invigorate relations when their leaders meet at the Asean summit in Vientiane, ... Association of Southeast Asian Nations members want the involvement of Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) in regional trade, investment and diplomacy, seeing it as part of a balance of interests ...

  2. A military message for Beijing

    Posted Mar 17th 2006, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Australia, Chile, Japan, South Korea and Peru. It is no accident that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is visiting three of these countries- Australia, Chile and Peru- on her current tour ... Her talks tomorrow in Sydney will be with her counterparts from Australia and Japan: this troika of allies should work together, she said, to ensure that China's military modernisation ...

  3. The burning issue

    Posted Aug 05th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... week by the US, Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea has also been lambasted for being long on vision and short on detail about how the harmful effects of burning ever more coal, oil, ... greenhouse emissions by 5.2 per cent from 1990 levels by 2012. The US and Australia refused to sign, partly because large carbon emitters like China, India and South Korea were not classed ...

  4. On the lookout for trouble at sea

    Posted Jul 08th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson As China prepares to receive its first natural gas from Australia next year, it may be relieved to know that Australian security agencies have started to strengthen ... about 75 per cent of China's oil imports pass in transit. An increasing proportion of Chinese imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), over the next decade, will come from Australia ...

  5. Carbon crunch

    Posted Mar 25th 2009, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... of Europe's plan to deliver a 20 per cent cut in emissions by 2020 over 1990 levels, making it the global leader in fighting climate change. Earlier this month, Australia confirmed that it would ... than Europe's. Energy-intensive Australia committed itself to reduce emissions by 5 per cent of 2000 levels by 2020, but has said it will back a 15 per cent cut by then if other rich ...

  6. A force to guard against nuclear terror

    Posted Mar 31st 2006, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson Fighter jets will roar into action in the skies around Darwin, in northern Australia, next week. They will be part of the latest training exercise to disrupt illegal trade in materials and technology that can be used to make nightmarish arms. Apart from Australia, other countries taking part in the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) operation include ...

  7. Baby steps towards greener economies

    Posted Sep 06th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Beijing need look no further than Australia, one of China's leading resource suppliers. Australia is the fourth-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world on a per capita basis, mainly because, like China, it relies heavily on coal to generate electricity. However, Australia emits five times more per person than China. The government, under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, plans ...

  8. The detainees nobody wants

    Posted Jan 31st 2009, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... even some US allies are wary of resettling any of the 60 Guantanamo detainees scheduled for release. Australia has twice refused a request from Washington to take a small group, reportedly Muslim Uygurs whom Beijing has said are terrorist suspects. There are 17 Uygurs in Guantanamo. China is a key trading partner of Australia and Beijing has reportedly warned Canberra not to take ...

  9. Pushed to the sidelines

    Posted Dec 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson As China's demand for energy to fuel its economic growth has climbed in recent years, Australia and Indonesia have emerged as important sellers of natural gas ... from the massive Gorgon field off the northwestern coast of Australia. The project operator, US oil giant Chevron, said this month that it had agreed to supply Japan's Osaka Gas with 1.5 ...

  10. Not all energy from below ground is bad

    Posted Oct 15th 2009, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... for future power generation. This has unleashed a wave of exploration and development activity in Australia, Europe, the US, China and India. Michael Richardson is a visiting senior research fellow ...




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