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Albanese’s Trip to China: A Question of When Not If
The quiet diplomacy to revive Australia-China relations received a boost when US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last month visited Beijing. Colin Heseltine assesses the impact on the prospects of Anthony Albanese making his own first trip to China as PM.
The Return of the Warlords
A hundred years ago, it was China, not Russia, that was weakened by chronic conflict between private armies. Rana Mitter writes that the collective memory of that period is one reason why China’s leaders are determined to keep military force firmly under the ruling Communist Party’s control.
The Resurgence of China-Australia Trade
Prosaic economic factors, not politics, are driving the growth in China-Australia trade, ensuring “China will only become more important as Australia’s trading partner of choice”, writes James Laurenceson.
ASEAN Between the US and China
The intensifying geopolitical tensions between China and the West have put ASEAN countries, which cannot decouple from either side, in an unenviable position, writes Lili Yan Ing.
All Talk, No Dialogue on Asian Security
Despite calls for the resumption of high-level security dialogue between the US and China, Beijing is in no rush to re-engage, writes Richard Maude.