Former Australian Diplomat
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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 Inconvenient Truths in the Rise of China
In charting the way ahead for Australia-China relations, Canberra needs to present the risks posed by increasing Chinese military power in realistic rather than hawkish terms, writes Colin Heseltine.
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.