China and Russia friendship in danger as Putin exposed as weak and incompetent

Is Chairman Xi Jinping poised to dump President Vladimir Putin? Or is their “no limits” relationship being precisely that? Things have changed since the two leaders declared fast friendship at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. Days later, Mr Putin invaded Ukraine. Now, he’s desperately trying to save face as his forces retreat in disarray. … Read more

Russia war: 2000 arrested as queues form at border following Putin speech

Russians are fleeing the country after Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization to save his faltering war in Ukraine. On the day of Putin’s speech, it was claimed that Google’s top search term in the country was “how to leave Russia”. Huge queues were seen at some border posts. Meanwhile, demonstrations have broken out in … Read more

Forced labour, possible ‘enslavement’ in China’s Xinjiang: UN expert

Minorities have been drafted into forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing, a report by an independent UN expert has concluded, in what it said could amount to “enslavement as a crime against humanity”. Beijing has been accused of detaining over a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in … Read more

Xiao Qian to address National Press Club as tensions over Taiwan escalate

China’s ambassador to Australia will address the National Press Club on Wednesday against the background of escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait. Xiao Qian will speak to the future of the Australia-Sino relationship, just days after Australia joined the US and Japan in condemning the unprecedented military drills. The exercises were launched by Beijing in … Read more

‘Contested’: Grim sign for the Pacific

A grim sign for the Pacific has been issued as Australia and New Zealand made a decision following China’s security deal with the Solomon Islands. A grim sign for the Pacific has been issued as Australia and New Zealand agreed on Thursday that the space is now contested, following China’s security deal with the Solomon … Read more

China Australia: Anthony Albanese responds to letter of congratulation from China’s Premier

Anthony Albanese has reinforced an address from US President Joe Biden as talk of issues in the Pacific continue. Anthony Albanese has responded to a letter of congratulations sent by China’s Premier Li Keqiang, the superpower’s second most powerful man Mr Li praised the “right choices” made by the Labor Party towards China historically and … Read more

Markets wrap: US profit warnings and China growth fears smother early ASX gains

A decent start for the ASX 200 fell by the wayside after some worrying profit updates from the US and concerns over the Chinese economy. The Australian sharemarket looked set to gain ground on Tuesday before a worrying echo from across the Pacific turned the mood negative. The ASX 200 benchmark rose by as much … Read more

China Australia: Premier congratulates Anthony Albanese

China has congratulated Anthony Albanese and praised the “right choices” made by the Labor Party towards China historically. China’s Premier Li Keqiang has reached out to congratulate Anthony Albanese on his election victory, and praised the “right choices” made by the Labor Party towards China historically. The powerful politician — who is the second most … Read more

Federal Election 2022: Morrison government accused of failure over Solomon Islands deal with China

Scott Morrison has been charged with overseeing the “worst foreign policy failure since World War II” after China signed a major security deal in the Pacific. Foreign Minister Marise Payne has defended the decision not to travel to the Solomon Islands in a bid to stop a security deal with China. Labor has accused the … Read more

How a Chinese naval base in the Solomons is bad news for Australia

Australia has done a poor job in this area for years – now China has swooped in and the consequences could be disastrous. Last week the news broke that a security deal is being negotiated between the Solomon Islands north of Australia and China. This development has caused great alarm among Australian and New Zealand … Read more