By Carrie Gracie At his inauguration last week President Trump reframed the American mission from leadership of a global rules-based system in the interests of all, to 'America first'. Meanwhile the leader of Communist China rebranded his prickly protectionist power...
For Southeast Asian countries, an increased economic cooperation with China can be a double-edged sword. Beijing's investment initiatives are not only aimed at regional connectivity, they also seek ideological hegemony. According to Asian Development Bank estimates, the infrastructure needs for...
“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...
By John Simpson World affairs editor The atmosphere in Beijing has changed noticeably in recent months; and many liberal-minded people here now fear that the government of Xi Jinping has made a sharp turn towards authoritarianism. As nearly three thousand Communist Party...
Like many rich Chinese language businesspeople in search of an insurance coverage coverage in opposition to their capricious if usually worthwhile political system, Xiao Jianhua acquired overseas citizenship. But when the billionaire investor thought that having Canadian citizenship and a...
On May 14, heads of state or government from more than two dozen states on almost every continent will converge in Beijing for the first-ever “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) summit. Formally announced in 2013 in a fairly low-profile address...
Beijing’s Belt and Road project may be the largest single infrastructure program in human history. ot infrequently, I bang on in this space and elsewhere about “parity between West and non-West.” I consider achieving this the single most pressing necessity...
The usual suspects in Australia (economists and businesspeople) are already fulsome in their praise for China’s so-called One Belt, One Road or Belt and Road Initiative economic mega-project. Last weekend, President Xi Jinping mounted an extensive propaganda campaign before 30...
By Peter Foster, Washington 6:22AM BST 18 Jun 2014 In a serious blow to China's soft-power outreach, a leading association of American professors warns that Confucius Institutes break basic standards on academic freedom. Chinese soft-power diplomacy has suffered a major rebuke after...
On the campus of Harvard Business School this past weekend there was little doubt among corporate leaders and investors gathered for an annual conference that China had arrived as an equal to the United States. Keynote speeches, panel discussions and...
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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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