Australian journalists Bill Birtles, Mike Smith forced out of China

Two Australian journalists working in China have arrived in Sydney after a diplomatic stand-off in which police demanded interviews with both reporters.

Cheng Lei, Australian anchor for China’s government-run English news channel CGTN, detained in Beijing

A high-profile Australian television anchor for the Chinese Government's English news channel, CGTN, has been detained in Beijing in a highly sensitive case posing a fresh challenge to Australia-China relations.

Are young Australians being turned off China as diplomatic ties grow frostier?

"Understanding China is so important to Australia's future, but it also helps you to develop as a person, you're not just studying a language, you're learning to look at the world in a different way."

China recruits Australian scientists and academics to secretive research program

Sky News host Sharri Markson says the Chinese government is recruiting Australian scientists and academics to a secretive research program called the Thousand Talents...

Australia upgrades travel warning for China

Australians living in and travelling to China may be arbitrarily detained, the Department of Foreign Affairs has warned as the relationship between the two countries deteriorates.

Coronavirus started in China, PM tells mining billionaire

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told billionaire Andrew Forrest to stay away from foreign affairs and stop spreading misinformation about the origins of the coronavirus.

Australia called ‘gum stuck to China’s shoe’ by state media in coronavirus investigation stoush

Australia has been described as “gum stuck to the bottom of China’s shoe,” by a Chinese state media editor as Beijing criticised calls for an inquiry into the coronavirus origin as “political manoeuvring,” further straining ties.

Revealed: five Australian children trapped in China amid Uighur crackdown

Parents of the children and advocates for the families have criticised the Australian government for perceived inaction in seeking to bring the children to Australia, saying they have “grave fears” for them.

Australia-based academic stalked all week in Hong Kong by Chinese state media

An Australia-based academic has accused the Chinese Government of intimidation after staffers from a state media outlet stalked him for more than a week...

Australia’s trade minister, senior politicians to attend China import expo

Australia's new Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, senior state politicians and the country's major exporters are scheduled to be in Shanghai next month for Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature import expo.
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Morrison toughens stance on China, US over ‘collateral damage’ on trade

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Deputy NZ PM Winston Peters issues warning against Chinese interference

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ALP reels after resignation and calls for China donations inquiry

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Amid China tensions, Australia signs comprehensive strategic partnership with India

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China Inquiry: Stand up for sovereignty and economic independence

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AGL Energy finds Chinese buyer for Moranbah gas assets

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Greens divisions over China erupt

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Chinese investment in Australia slumps 40 per cent

Chinese investment into Australia slumped 40 per cent last year, twice the drop worldwide, according to new figures, which highlight the impact of Beijing's crackdown on trophy acquisitions

Contract cattle kills sought by beef company, with sights set on Chinese supermarket trade

The demand for cheaper supermarket beef in China has prompted a new Australian joint-venture to directly source and process cattle for boxed export. While the...

Diplomatic freeze thaws as Australian government hails Chinese tourism

Trade minister Simon Birmingham has said record levels of Chinese tourism to Australia is building trust between the two countries, in a speech in...