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Australian currency trader staff in Shanghai held hostage in alleged extortion attempt

Three Chinese and Taiwanese staff members from an Australian foreign exchange trading firm continue to be held against their will in a Shanghai office, in an alleged extortion attempt.

China ramps up soft power push in Australia with marketing campaign for state-owned broadcaster

China is spending more than half a million dollars on an advertising campaign to promote its state-owned broadcaster in Australia, as Beijing seeks to soften...

Australian tourism ministers meet in China in bid to draw more visitors

Australian federal, state and territory tourism ministers have for the first time jointly held a meeting in Beijing as Chinese visitors are poised to...

Australian National University ‘hit by Chinese hackers’

Australia’s top-ranked university says it has spent several months fighting off a threat to its computer systems, which some media reports say have been...

The Australian launches website in Mandarin for local readers

The Australian today becomes the first local newspaper to launch a regularly updated Chinese-language website — translating reports into Mandarin for local Chinese readers. From today,...

Credit curbs hit Chinese investment in Australian housing

THE number of foreign applications for investment in Australian housing is plunging as credit conditions tighten in China, according to Australia’s top financial bureaucrat. Treasury...

‘Hundreds of millions of dollars at risk’: China blocks Australian beef exports

Hundreds of millions of dollars in Australian beef exports are at stake after China raised concerns about the labelling of some recent shipments.

China claims pro-Hong Kong protests in Australia nothing more than staged ’show’

A cranky China has taken aim at Australia, as experts sound an alarming warning that Aussies are not immune from its Hong Kong crackdown.

Chinese authorities accused of intimidating Uyghurs in Australia

Chinese authorities have been accused of harassing and intimidating the Uyghur migrant community in Australia, amid a looming threat that family members could be detained.

Chinese envoy walks out of meeting after row with Nauru president amid ‘bullying’ claims

A Chinese envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum was “insolent” and a “bully” for speaking out of turn during a leaders’ meeting, the president...

What’s behind Australia’s response to the Chinese Government’s crackdown on Hong Kong

Mr Morrison announced his Government would offer safe haven to many Hong Kong students and graduates already living in Australia.

Warning WeChat could spread Chinese propaganda during federal election

Security experts warn Beijing could spread propaganda in the lead-up to the federal election through popular social messaging service WeChat, which is facing less...