Former Australian Diplomat
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A Role for ASEAN in Stabilising Australia-China Relation
While signs of a thaw in relations between Australia and China are to be welcomed, Colin Heseltine writes that a lot of work remains to be done and the strength of our economic, security and people-to-people relations with the immediate region will have a key role to play.
China’s domestic issues may hinder global ambitions
The key conclusion to draw from China’s party congress is that the country’s greatest challenges are overwhelmingly domestic ones and Xi Jinping’s success in meeting them will determine the fate of his leadership, writes Colin Heseltine.
Xi is sabre-rattling but isn't likely to risk a Taiwan war
Despite the sound and fury over Taiwan, the risk of war remains low, writes Colin Heseltine.
Time to shift the narrative on China
Reaction to the Bali meeting between Penny Wong and Wang Yi shows how hard it is to achieve a balanced and objective narrative about the Australia-China relationship – and how important it is we do, writes Colin Heseltine.
China's Ukraine quandary
China’s promise of ‘unlimited’ partnership with Russia poses contradictions for Beijing that will be increasingly hard to reconcile, writes Colin Heseltine.