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”...
I spent 10 days in May talking with institutional investors in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing. There was considerable interest in the various problems the Trump administration was encountering that prevented the implementation of his pro-growth agenda. These...
We hear a great gush of affirmations of the "rules-based order" that keeps the peace in the Asia-Pacific region. But whose rules? They must be Tinkerbell's rules – clap if you believe. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis referred to a...
When China was still largely rural, poor, and socialist, politicians exhorted the country’s people to patriotic activities such as increasing grain output for their economy’s sake. Now, to sustain China’s economic boom, the country needs good citizens to go...
BEIJING — I was on my way to dinner, walking near a luxury hotel on the second day of China's much touted Belt and Road Forum. As I approached, I heard a woman screaming. Police officers had pushed her...
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...
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 Chinese Government has opened a two-day summit in the capital Beijing to consolidate its massive global development project called One Belt One Road, or the New Silk Road project. President Xi Jinping will host 28 world leaders and representatives...
China's President Xi Jinping intends to tell you a story. But first he's going to try it out on the world's political leaders. Not those of the United States, Japan, India or much of the European Union. They've declined the...
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...
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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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