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Anthony Albanese and Joe Biden during an arrival ceremony at the White House on Wednesday.

‘We’re a Pacific nation’: Biden’s pledge to Australia on China

US President Joe Biden has revealed he told Chinese President Xi Jinping America would continue to engage with Australia because the US was a “Pacific nation”.

  • Andrew Tillett and Matthew Cranston
Albo Biden

Australia, US to team up for space race against China

The Albanese government will axe restrictions on commercial US rocket launches in Australia, opening the door for the likes of Elon Musk to set up operations in the outback.

  • Matthew Cranston and Andrew Tillett


US President Joe Biden meets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Bali.

China and Indo-Pacific ‘right at the top’ of Biden’s priorities

The White House maintains it won’t let wars in Europe and the Middle East distract the US from the challenge posed by China.

  • Andrew Tillett

Bill Hayden’s foreign policy was his finest hour

Former Labor leader Bill Hayden’s 1983 ANZUS review preserved the alliance, but he despised craven and servile pandering to Washington

  • James Curran

The map that shows Australia’s nine most important allies

The long list of alliances that Australia has joined in recent years is dizzying. Our international editor James Curran untangles the alphabet soup of acronyms and ranks them by importance.

  • James Curran and Les Hewitt
Blair House where Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is staying during his official visit to Washington DC, United States of America.

Inside Albanese’s stay at world’s ‘most exclusive hotel’

Blair House, the official Washington residence of visiting heads of state, is steeped in history and appointed in high style.

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  • Matthew Cranston

This Month

Australian Ambassador to the US Kevin Rudd and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese a four-day official visit to the US.

Albanese confident Congress will pass AUKUS bills

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is not planning to increase Australia’s contribution to submarine production in the US to win over wavering senators.

  • Andrew Tillett

Israel to cast a long shadow over PM’s Washington trip

The Middle East crisis is likely to dominate Anthony Albanese’s state visit to Washington, even as it opens another chapter in Australian-US strategic intimacy.

  • James Curran
Anthony Albanese will visit Joe Biden at a fraught time.

Australia confronts a world of trouble

Even before Hamas struck, foreign-policy makers have had to get used to a pitiless procession of global shocks.

  • Rory Medcalf
Don Farrell said normal processes had been followed with the appointment.

‘Rank hypocrisy’: Farrell under fire over Labor US appointment

Ex-politician Chris Ketter was appointed Australia’s consul-general in San Francisco in July, pushing out an experienced woman who was the “preferred candidate”.

  • Tom McIlroy
Anthony Albanese’s meeting with Xi Jinping was the first between Australia and China’s leaders since 2017.

Does China really want to attack Australia?

Canberra is trapped between two instincts that have been historically conditioned: fear for the nation’s survival and loyalty to its protector in Washington.

  • James Curran
The rest of the world will barely notice the referendum.

Yes or No won’t affect Australia’s standing on the world stage

But like Brexit, after the Voice referendum it will take many years for the country to come back together again regardless of the outcome.

  • Alexander Downer


Scott Dewar has been named ambassador to China.

New ambassadors tackle tense China and Russia relations

New ambassadors both China and Russia were among several diplomatic appointments announced by Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Friday.

  • Alex Mitchell
Polling taken since earlier indictments suggest criminal charges have made Donald Trump politically stronger.

What the world should expect from a second Trump term

Admirers and enemies alike are forever reading grand visions into a man with an almost touchingly banal, dollars-and-cents worldview.

  • Janan Ganesh
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, at a naval port in Sanya, in South China’s Hainan Province, in 2019.

Why we can’t rely on our alliance with the US

A new book by Sam Roggeveen is bound to profoundly unsettle the Australian national security policy consensus.

  • James Curran
New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh. Justin Trudean depends on the party’s support to keep his minority government in power.

Trudeau’s India blow-up is really about domestic politics

Justin Trudeau’s pandering to pro-Khalistan Sikhh “vote bank” politics is putting electoral success ahead of foreign policy priorities.

  • Ramesh Thakur
China’s President Xi Jinping meets Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao in Hangzhou on Saturday.

Dili’s China deal gives two fingers to Canberra

Cynicism abounds in Timor-Leste’s Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with China, but the deal is designed to goad Australia.

  • James Curran
Russian ambassador Alexey Pavlovsky says Australia is prolonging the war in Ukraine by providing weapons for use against his country.

‘Ice cold but polite’: Moscow’s man on how he’s treated in Canberra

Russia’s ambassador to Australia has denied his country’s forces are committing atrocities and Moscow is being isolated diplomatically.

  • Andrew Tillett
Penny Wong

‘Strategic trust in short supply’: Penny Wong’s warning on world peace

Foreign Minister Penny Wong will the UN that international bodies need to be reformed to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

  • Andrew Tillett
Narendra Modi welcomes Justin Trudeau upon his arrival at the G20 Summit in New Delhi on September 9.

A killing in Canada may backfire badly for Indian PM Modi

If the Indian government is shown to have killed Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, relations with the West will enter a new, difficult phase.

  • Mihir Sharma