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Improving relations. Joe Biden and Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in bali last year.

Biden’s quiet re-engagement with China could stop Middle East war

While it is hard to put a value on a dialogue that is unlikely to yield big breakthroughs, it’s easy to imagine the alternative.

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  • Edward Luce

Taiwan warns Albanese: Don’t be blindsided by China

Australia should use economic sanctions to punish Beijing if Taiwan is invaded, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu says.

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  • Michael Smith


The budget changes came during a flurry of announcements from the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the Communist Party-controlled parliament that oversees government borrowing.

Xi steps up economic aid with new debt issuance, PBOC visit

China’s legislature approved a plan to raise the fiscal deficit ratio for 2023 to about 3.8pc of GDP— well above the 3pc set in March.

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Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu.

China sacks defence minister who disappeared two months ago

General Li Shangfu has not been seen in public since August, and is the second minister to have mysteriously disappeared.

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  • Michael Smith

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Philippine Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Teresita Daza.

Beijing-Manila tensions mount after latest South China Sea clash

The latest near miss in the disputed waters has drawn international condemnation and expressions of concern from the US.

  • Enrico Dela Cruz and Karen Lema
Gibran Rakabuming Raka’s appointment has some electoral logic.

Jokowi takes a huge gamble with son’s political elevation

An Indonesian court’s decision to open a loophole allowing the president’s son to participate in February’s election is unlikely to stand as a great moment in national jurisprudence.

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China is stepping up scrutiny of foreign businesses in the country amid volatile geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Washington.

China police detain foreign ad agency executive

A GroupM China senior advertising executive has been held for more questioning, according to people briefed on the matter.

  • Daniel Thomas, Ryan McMorro and Sun Yu
A Chinese EV factory: growing the old way is not longer working.

China curbs exports of key EV battery mineral in new trade salvo

China, the world’s top graphite producer, says exporters of the material now need permits to send shipments abroad because of “national security concerns”.

  • Siyi Liu and Dominique Patton
A Chinese carrier-based J-15 fighter jet preparing to land on an aircraft carrier.

‘Land, air and sea’: China’s nuclear arsenal to double by 2030

Beijing has made dramatic advances in the “scale and complexity” of sea, air and land military platforms, the Pentagon says in a new report.

  • Cate Cadell
From left in front row: Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Putin, Xi and Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev with other leaders wave during a group photo session at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

How Xi’s Belt and Road went from pet project to debt bomb

Ten years after its launch, Xi Jinping’s $1 trillion infrastructure project now boasts about 150 members and has made China the world’s largest creditor.

  • Michael Smith
Defence Minister Richard Marles inspects an honour guard with his counterpart Minoru Kihara in Tokyo.

Australia seeks to bolster South Korea, Japan defence ties

Richard Marles has met North Asian counterparts in Japan and South Korea amid rising tensions in the Middle East.

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Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Beijing.

Xi, Putin pledge to ‘deepen trust’ in US swipe

Xi Jinping met Vladimir Putin in Beijing to reinforce their ‘no limits’ friendship as the Israel-Hamas conflict escalates in the Middle East.

  • Michael Smith

Gupta execs in talks with Japanese investors on Whyalla expansion

Liberty Primary Metals CEO Theuns Victor said Japanese investors had shown huge interest  in the business’s transformation to carbon-neutral steelmaking.

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The photo shared by AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes after he “endured an 18-hour flight”.

AirAsia chief criticised for shirtless massage photo on LinkedIn

“Got to love Indonesia and AirAsia culture that I can have a massage and do a management meeting,” Tony Fernandes said in the now-deleted post.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin arrives at Beijing airport on Tuesday to attend the third Belt and Road Forum.

Putin visits ‘dear friend’ Xi in Beijing in rare trip

The Russian leader’s trip is aimed at showing the “no-limits” partnership between the two countries, despite the war in Ukraine, and now the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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  • Michael Smith
Israeli soldiers patrol along a road near the border between Israel and Lebanon.

Investors have ‘nowhere left to hide’ from global shocks

The Israel-Hamas conflict adds to the growing list of geopolitical risks facing investors and companies globally, but are they awake to the world’s problems?

  • Michael Smith
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, left, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in an official welcoming ceremony in Beijing last month.

‘Israel is disappointed’: China’s Middle East dilemma

The superpower’s reluctance to condemn Hamas has angered Israel and hurt Beijing’s efforts to be seen as an alternative peacemaker throughout the region.

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Journalist Cheng Lei arrives at Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne.

China denies Cheng was a political hostage

Beijing says the Australian journalist served out her full sentence under local laws, but Penny Wong describes her release as the result of “consistent advocacy”.

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Cheng Lei and Penny Wong.

‘Tight hugs, teary screams’: Cheng Lei’s China nightmare ends

Cheng Lei’s three-year ordeal in a Beijing prison cell is over but China’s willingness to use people as pawns in a diplomatic game should not be forgotten.

  • Michael Smith
Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani shake hands after signing an economic pledge in September 2022.

Chalmers backs Indonesia’s OECD push

If successful, Indonesia would be the first South-East Asian nation to gain membership of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

  • John Kehoe