Alex Joske was still young when the Olympic Torch Relay passed through Australia on its way to Beijing in 2008, but he still vividly remembers the scuffles and fights that accompanied it on its path. Pro-Tibet and pro-Beijing supporters...
China may be close to achieving something “never before tried at any time in history,” the scholar Nicholas Eberstadt said last week. That new creation: “market totalitarianism.” No country has ever achieved vibrant, entrepreneurial prosperity while denying its people political freedom. And...
Countries around the world are pushing back against China's revival as a major global power. China's sheer size and population make it a heavyweight, and a clear strategic rival to the United States. It is the world's most populous country and among...
"A thousand newspapers with the same front page" is how the Chinese have for decades described the enforced uniformity of the country's state-controlled media. Now, one face increasingly dominates those front pages. It belongs to China's president, Xi Jinping, who...
Ten years ago on Wednesday, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics showcased a fast-growing, economically powerful China with unmistakable ambitions to be a major global player. Just a few days ago, the Chinese authorities demolished the studio of artist Ai...
On Monday morning Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was in Buenos Aires, about 20,000 kilometres from Beijing, doing her best to repair Australia’s tattered diplomatic relationship with China. Back in Australia, something like all-out war had broken out between the opposing...
At the end of a narrow road in Fangzheng, a remote town in northeastern China, next to a hushed forest of birch and pine trees, stands the locked iron gate of the Sino-Japanese Friendship Garden. But inside is no garden....
“Any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty and security, challenge the power of the central government … or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses the red line, and...
The expansion of China’s military is no secret. Beijing raised the People’s Liberation Army budget by 7% this year, typical of its annual increases. Late last year it floated one aircraft carrier into the open Pacific and in April unveiled a...
The People's Republic is investing trillions to build railways, ports, and telecommunications in other countries. Here's everything you need to know: What is the plan? China wants to make the 21st century into the Chinese Century, and its "One Belt, One...

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Seven myths about China

We are on the cusp of serious ­debates about the implications for Australia and the whole Asia-Pacific world of the vast increase in Chinese...

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