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Australia’s export performance in 2016

After a fairly lengthy hiatus (apologies, lots of travel plus some time off) I thought I’d mark my return to our blog by taking...

ALP reels after resignation and calls for China donations inquiry

Labor is reeling after an adviser resigned amid revelations that the party bankrolled its 2016 federal election campaign with the help of up to...

Shorten fell for elites, says Trump strategist Steve Bannon

Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon explains how Labor 'snatched defeat from the jaws of victory' – and Shorten's one fatal blunder

Coronavirus: the impact on Australian Society is profound

Australian tourism bosses have warned that hotels could be forced out of business if the coronavirus outbreak continues to severely restrict visitor numbers.

Cattle queen Gina Rinehart turns her focus to China with new deal

Last year, Gina Rinehart claimed the position of Australia’s cattle queen; now her agribusiness ambitio­n is firmly international, with plans under way to develop the nation’s live cattle trade into a $2 billion industry.

Australia ramps up pressure on China with backing of US and Japan

The progress of repairing China-Australia ties, strained over Canberra’s concerns about Chinese influence in its domestic affairs, has been “unsatisfactory”, said China’s top diplomat Wang Yi after meeting his Australian counterpart.

Chinese property buyers face tighter rules as real estate agents go for broke in...

Cashed-up Chinese property hunters will be treated to helicopter rides and "money-can't-buy" experiences when they flock to Australia next week, but higher taxes and...

Hong Kong’s use of emergency law sparks warning from Payne

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has warned Hong Kong's government it "risks inflaming a delicate and sensitive situation" by using emergency laws for the first time in 50 years as thousands of protesters defy orders and return to the streets.

Chinese investment in residential housing slowing: FIRB adviser

Inward Chinese investment in Australian residential real estate has started to slow but interest in the purchase of agricultural ­businesses and farms shows little...

The Australia-China Relations Institute doesn’t belong at UTS

Last month eight of Australia’s top journalists visited China for a week as guests of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). They were greeted by top Communist Party officials and toured some of China’s new infrastructure projects.

Australia’s fortunes are linked to China’s economy — for better or worse

Australia's dependence on Chinese money has been a blessing for the local economy, but it could unravel painfully if China's economic slowdown worsens.

China plays hardball on trade as Australia tensions escalate

Australia’s foreign minister has accused China of spreading disinformation that “contributes to a climate of fear and division” while declaring Canberra would take a more active role in global bodies.