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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


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

This Month

Bankers are watching political relations between China and Australia thaw, but say it is too early to count on an increase in Chinese investment just yet.

More thawing needed to tempt Aussie bankers to Shanghai’s bars

A decade ago, a bankers’ roadshow wasn’t complete without a stop in the Chinese capital and financial hub. They were the good old days of restaurants in high places.

  • Anthony Macdonald
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.

  • Michael Smith
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
FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks to journalists at the bureau’s Omaha office about the threats.

Five Eyes nations gather to fight China IP theft

Leaders of the Five Eyes intelligence agencies have gathered in Silicon Valley to call out China over intellectual property theft.

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  • Matthew Cranston
Foreign Minister Penny Wong confirms the evacuation of Australian nationals away from conflict-ridden Israel.

Labor’s return to diplomacy freed Cheng Lei

If Scott Morrison was still prime minister, the detained Chinese-Australia journalist would not be back home in Melbourne.

  • Geoff Raby
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

The Hamas apocalypse has crafted a new world order

For now, many believe that the disasters will be borne only by the populations of Israel and Gaza. But there are already signs of escalation.

  • Peter Frankopan
Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian and Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan on Thursday.

China-Australia relationship improving, ambassador tells Vic Premier

China’s ambassador to Australia has told Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan the bilateral relationship is on the mend.

  • Gus McCubbing
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.

  • Michael Smith
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”.

  • Michael Smith
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
Mike Cannon-Brookes of Atlassian: hackers are exploiting a vulnerability in the company’s Confluence software.

Atlassian hit by Chinese state-linked hackers

US tech giant Microsoft has observed break-ins to companies through a vulnerability in Atlassian’s Confluence software since mid-September.

  • Nick Bonyhady
US senate majority Leader Chuck Schumer meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing.

US senators urge China to ease Middle East conflict

In a rare meeting with Xi Jinping, US senators called on China to do more to prevent conflict spreading in the Middle East following the Hamas attacks.

  • Michael Smith
Visitors gather in Tiananmen Square as part of the Golden Week holiday.

Why we’ve reached peak pessimism on China

Economists say China will survive the current property crisis, but faces long-term structural challenges which will hold back heady growth investors are used to.

  • Michael Smith


Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China is steadily building an alternative world order

While it purports to steer clear of superpower competition, Beijing’s global governance initiative is driven by it, unfurling in a slow burn over more than a decade.

  • Richard McGregor
Xi Jinping

How Xi Jinping is taking control of China’s stock exchange

By using listing and trading rules to direct capital into sectors that fit his priorities, the president wants the market to serve the state.

  • Hudson Lockett and Cheng Leng