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Little Consensus Over Veracity of Ex-Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Comms Director’s Accusation of CPC Influence

Bob Pickard, the former head of communications at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing, is now back home in Vancouver after he accused the Communist Party of China (CPC) of secretly interfering in the bank's operations. Pickard made the accusation in ...

Messi Shouts Out Chinese Fans on Taobao

Argentinian football phenom Lionel Messi appealed to his Chinese fans in the most Chinese way possible: via a live appearance on the giant e-commerce platform Taobao.  Flanked by Chinese e-commerce influencers, Messi wished Chinese fans a "happy Dragon Boat Festival." While ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang to Visit Australia in July

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang will visit Australia in July in the latest indication that tensions between the two countries are easing. In another sign of détente, Beijing is lifting many of the economic sanctions that it imposed on Australian agricultural and mining products for the past 2-3 ...

Backgrounder: China-Australia Iron Ore Fight

The Australian-based company Sundance Resources is suing the China-linked Australia-based AustSino for malpractice and corruption over the Mbalam-Nabeba iron project on the border of Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. The court case has led to eye-popping allegations, including that the dispute ...

China’s Economy Rebounds on Back of Increased Trade

China’s economy rebounded in the first quarter of this year, with gross domestic product growing by 4.5%, exceeding expectations. A recovery in retail spending and real estate prices has added to growth, according to new economic figures released on Monday. The 4.5% growth ...

U.S., UK and Australia Sign Landmark Defense Pact, Prompting Dark Warning from Beijing

The leaders of the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, members of the so-called AUKUS alliance, signed a landmark pact valued at nearly $400 billion that will allow Australia to deploy long-range nuclear-powered submarines for the first time. Australia will procure at ...

Chinese Government Warns AUKUS Submarine Deal Will Trigger a New Arms Race in Asia-Pacific

The Chinese government warned that the deployment of nuclear-powered attack submarines to Australia would provoke a dangerous new arms race and undermine the increasingly fragile stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin issued a blunt response when ...

Uneasy About Australia’s New Submarine Deal with the U.S. and UK, Indonesia Echoes China’s Concerns About Asia-Pacific Arms Race

Indonesia's Foreign Ministry took to Twitter on Tuesday to restate its longstanding concern that Australia's acquisition of U.S. and UK-made nuclear-powered attack submarines could destabilize the Asia-Pacific region and violate the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) of which Australia is a signatory. Jakarta's statement ...

Why “Encirclement” has Become a Chinese Talking Point

This year-old map produced by the UK-based think tank Council on Geostrategy is circulating widely on Twitter this week following Tuesday's AUKUS summit in California and last week's comments by President Xi Jinping that the U.S. and its allies are "encircling" China.

China is the “Clear and Present Danger” Facing Australia, Warn Security Analysts

Australia should prepare for a U.S.-China war within three years and should consider reinstating the draft and reintroducing nuclear weapons.  These were some of the talking points at a recent roundtable convened by the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on national ...
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