President Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, rarely speaks publicly and is known to egg on the president in his trashing of the mainstream media. But when he decided to break that silence, Bannon chose the venerable Charlie Rose as...
If you’re struggling to make sense of the latest standoff between the Chinese and Indian militaries 10,000 feet in the Himalayas, don’t fret: You’re in good company. The showdown at Doka La is the product of a multi-layered, multi-party...
It is widely assumed in the West that the legitimacy of a government comes from universal suffrage and multiparty competitive elections. Yet this assumption raises two issues: First, historically, it is not true ― universal suffrage is a recent...
It literally went from close to full to nearly zero in the space of minutes. Someone with more China know-how than me cocked an eyebrow. “You didn’t bring a burner phone?” they asked. The “you idiot, ya probably got hacked”...
BEIJING — Xi Jinping, China’s leader, is known as the Chairman of Everything. He makes decisions daily on the economy, the military, foreign policy, human rights and more. Yet on North Korea he is stuck. A strongman who usually acts...
Expect a short victory bash for liberal human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in. He handily won the South Korean presidential election Tuesday. But after he takes office, Moon must quickly triage a pack of insanely high government priorities. The $1 trillion-plus Asian economy led by the likes of...
If you want to know why the European Union has shied from challenging China on its human rights record, look no further than what happened the last time a European country crossed Beijing. In November 2013, a Spanish court ordered...
Nationalist tabloid Global Times has the Communist Party’s backing, but its editorial strategy is more independent than you might think. As tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula, the world’s eyes are on China’s response. And “China” has given plenty of...
Kim Jong-un’s successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile this week set off a new round of brinkmanship in the Korean peninsula that will bring the strongest test in years of the relationship between China and the United States. Already...
A China government-linked think tank has admitted that North Korea has shut the door on Beijing, which is now powerless to negotiate with its rogue neighbour. Australia, the UK and the US are keeping pressure on China to reign in...
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Chinese influence is more than just ‘soft power’ and we need...

On a warm Sunday summer evening a few years ago, two officials from the Chinese consulate in Sydney travelled to Melbourne to send a...

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