• It’s not in the national interest to soft pedal on China

    Michelle Grattan     |      August 13, 2019

    The government’s attempt to stifle backbench contributions to the growing debate on China’s intentions is shortsighted at best, as the issue will only grow more urgent in the years ahead.

  • It’s a numbers game of two halves

    Open Forum     |      August 11, 2019

    Manchester City won last year’s English Premier League and have a 36.5 per cent chance of coming top again, according to the numerical analysis of University of Adelaide’s Professor Steve Begg.

  • Which side are we on?

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 10, 2019

    The protests in Hong Kong started over CEO Carrie Lam’s extradition bill and have turned into a defining issue for the trajectory of China as a state and a society, and for the Chinese state’s relationships internationally.

  • Why Truman stands taller than Trump

    Mike Scrafton     |      August 4, 2019

    Harry S. Truman was at least 10 centimetres smaller in stature than Donald Trump, but he towers above him as a national and international leader.

  • China can’t avoid a clash over Hong Kong

    Donald Greenlees     |      July 29, 2019

    Clashes between nervous autocrats in Beijing and Hong Kong’s young pro-democracy activists may have severe repercussions for the region.

  • Bringing Russia to justice over MH17

    Marieke de Hoon     |      July 28, 2019

    Those involved in the shooting down of a Malaysia airliner – and the deaths of 283 passengers and 15 crew on board – during Russia’s proxy invasion of Eastern Ukraine may yet be brought to justice.

  • Imperfect as Iran is, engage it with diplomacy, not war

    Suhail Usman     |      July 11, 2019

    Iran is widely seen as an international pariah, and is blamed for supporting terrorists in the middle east and beyond, yet diplomatic engagement could still prove a more productive strategy than military confrontation.

  • Balancing the rise of China

    Peter Varghese     |      June 22, 2019

    It’s clear that China wants to become the predominant power in Asia. Why should that be a concern for Australia? The answer goes to the heart of the intersection of our interests and values in foreign policy.

  • Putin and Xi plot an oppressive digital future

    Michael Shoebridge     |      June 17, 2019

    China and Russia are very different nations in many ways, but both are ruled by authoritarian regimes determined to assert themselves on the international stage while crushing political dissent at home and both use the internet to achieve their goals.

  • Australia needs a clear and consistent China policy

    Peter Jennings     |      June 10, 2019

    Our government should take a leaf out of China’s book by strongly promoting our national interests, speaking plainly in defence of our core values, and explaining our strategic priorities to the domestic public.

  • Thirty years after Tiananmen it’s time to face facts and join forces

    Timothy Cheek     |      June 6, 2019

    Thirty years after Tiananmen we need to spend less time trying to fix China and more time shoring up our ability to take care of ourselves, our societies and all of our citizens.

  • Tiananmen Square, 3–4 June 1989

    Peter Ellingsen     |      June 4, 2019

    The Chinese Communist Party goes to extraordinary lengths to suppress discussion of the brutal student massacre which crushed pro-democracy protests 30 years ago, but memories of the tragedy remain as intense as ever.