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Role in Asia slips off Gillard's radar

Australia has weathered the financial crisis better than other developed countries - its economy is strong and its government is flush with cash.

Tuesday, 28 February, 2012, 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Gillard suffers the first anniversary blues

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Beyond relations based on economic reliance

Despite the odd hiccup, China's relations with Australia in recent years have been marked by cordiality and underpinned by mutual economic reliance. Australia has been able to keep faith with its traditional ally, the US, while assuring China that it is not part of a regional thrust to contain Beijing.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

World seeing beyond cheap labour to Chinese values

Last week, in keeping with Lunar New Year tradition, China's leaders offered festive greetings to Chinese people across the nation as well as overseas, wishing them good health, prosperity and happiness.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Leaks reveal US frustration at more assertive China

US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks yesterday revealed growing frustration felt by the United States and some other major economies when dealing with a China that is becoming richer and more assertive.

6 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Whoever wins, it doesn't bode well for China ties

Australians go to the polls in a general election tomorrow and, no matter which political party wins, policies to reduce immigration and increase scrutiny of foreign investment could have an adverse impact on China-Australia relations.

20 Aug 2010 - 12:00am


HK's forced retirement at 60 is outdated

11 May 2010 - 12:00am

Diplomatic quickstep

For China, it seems, the region has suddenly become a more complicated place. The slow but steady mutual courtship of the past 15 years or so is giving way to a distinct new phase. Perhaps it is a natural maturity in relations, or maybe the ardour is simply cooling on all sides amid mounting challenges and complexities.

4 May 2010 - 12:00am

Climate change raising political heat

Climate change has won a lot of converts, but also sparked a lot of argument about what should be done about it and who should be doing it. More often than not, those who will ultimately pay the cost of tackling global warming - ordinary consumers - have not had much direct say in it.

2 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Australia learns the real meaning of China ties

The detention of Shanghai-based Australian mining executive Stern Hu and three of his Chinese colleagues is providing a reality check to Sino-Australia ties. While Australian politicians and media are demanding the Chinese immediately release Mr Hu, Rio Tinto's iron ore marketing chief in China, it is abundantly clear that Beijing is not listening.

17 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Australia braces for regional arms race

For all the talk about Australia's love affair with China in recent years, a creeping reality is setting in among policymakers. That reality, on the Australian side at least, seems to be increasingly focused on the possibility of China's growing military and strategic strength and how Australia should respond.

30 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Doubts new opposition chief can heal party rift

Australia's richest politician, Malcolm Turnbull, was elected leader of the conservative opposition yesterday but analysts said he would struggle to end the disunity plaguing the Liberal Party after its worst-ever election defeat last year.

The leadership vote, called by former leader Brendan Nelson on Monday night, took everyone by surprise, including his shadow cabinet.

17 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Unfashionable Rudd turns his back on a free harbour view


Eight months after the Kevin Rudd-led Labor Party swept into government, Sydneysiders are gradually coming to terms with a shift in power from the their city to the concrete canyons of Canberra.

17 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Faithful US ally, still

When Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia took office last December, there was widespread speculation in Australia, Asia and the United States that his foreign and defence policy would favour loosening ties with the US and tilting towards China.

14 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

US president 'looking forward to Games' opening ceremony'

US President George W. Bush has said that he 'looked forward to attending the opening ceremony' of the Beijing Olympics and to 'share Chinese pride in the Games', Xinhua yesterday quoted the president as telling Vice-Premier Wang Qishan .

20 Jun 2008 - 12:00am