Former Australian Diplomat
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Xi Jinping's CPC centenary speech: Is there cause for alarm?
A speech to commemorate 100 years of the Communist Party of China by its leader Xi Jinping prompted another flurry of anxiety in the Australian media over the ‘China threat’. But former diplomat Colin Heseltine argues Xi’s speech was aimed at a domestic audience and departed little from standard lines on national security issues.
Please explain: Australia's confused China strategy
Australia’s relations with China are at an historic low. In this situation, former diplomat Colin Heseltine argues, we would expect government to tell the people what strategy lies behind its China policy. But the lack of public explanation from both sides of politics on a major foreign policy matter is “unprecedented – and worrying”.