Italy's decision to be the first major European economy to join China's massive investment and infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), can only exacerbate tensions between Italy and its neighbors. On Saturday, President Xi Jinping and the Italian government signed...
It’s hard to coin a new term, but the National Endowment for Democracy did just that in a report released two years ago. Co-authored by Chris Walker and Jessica Ludwig of NED, along with four regional experts, “Sharp Power...
A court ruling in favor of a billionaire businessman against The Sydney Morning Herald illustrates the sorry state of the country’s defamation laws. In the decade I spent reporting from China, the most immediate obstacles to journalism were often physical....
In recent years Beijing has more assertively demonstrated its global ambitions through a number of economic and military leverages, including its military expansion in the South China Sea and its multi-billion-dollar foreign media push. Key points: The 'three warfare' framework refers to public...
As the Australian Government presses on with its pivot to the Pacific, no-one wants to use the "C" word. But China is clearly playing a central role in the unprecedented amount of attention the region is currently receiving from Australia...
As trade talks between the United States and China resume this week, there is optimism that the world’s two largest economies can reach a deal to end their destabilizing dispute: With the Chinese economy slowing and President Donald Trump in need...
The Trump administration has been clear about its view of China. A 2017 national security strategy document called China a “revisionist” power attempting to reorder international politics to suit its interests. It’s difficult to think otherwise given Beijing’s military buildup, its attempts to...
In his tariff war with China, US President Donald Trump has some hidden allies. Just about every complaint US trade negotiators raised in Beijing last week – not to mention their doubts about the sincerity of China's concessions –...
There’s a key vulnerability the president can exploit—aligning himself with the Chinese people and against the party-state. President Donald Trump has good reason to denounce China’s tolerance of intellectual-property theft and various other trade abuses, as even his harshest critics...
Beijing sees cyber espionage as necessary for China’s national progress and will not be ending the practice on current terms, an expert said on Friday after the U.S. Justice Department announced hacking charges against two Chinese nationals. “I think it is very fair to...

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What’s behind China’s space programme expansion

China is a relative late-bloomer when it comes to the world of space exploration. But just 15 years after it first sent an astronaut into...

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