Ice cold: why China (and China alone) decided to release Kalynda Davis

Michael Sainsbury China’s uncharacteristically lenient treatment of alleged drug mule Kalynda Davis is, in some ways, an anomaly and a distraction from the greater ice threat that should unite Australia and China. For a week or so, photogenic 22-year-old western Sydney-sider Kalynda Davis, who surfaced as a suspected methamphetamine smuggler and was detained in the […]

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Evolve ore die — the grim future of Australia’s steel industry

Michael Sainsbury The latest trade figures from China are in — and it’s not good used for our beleaguered Treasurer. As he prepares to release the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey — May budget still not passed — could not have had worse news yesterday. He might, in fact, have felt queasy. China’s latest trade figures laid […]

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With FTAs like these, who needs China?

Michael Sainsbury While China persists with its counterproductive carrot-and-stick approach to trade, Australia should look to more manageable economic relationships in south-east Asia. As the annual end-of-year orgy for global leaders ended in Brisbane yesterday, the opportunities that south-east Asia presents for Australia became ever clearer. The G20 capped off 10 days of frantic jockeying. […]

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There’s only one agreement that matters at APEC — and it’s not with China

  Michael Sainsbury Australia is spruiking its forthcoming free trade agreement with China, but with China’s economy slowing, the FTA won’t make much difference. Trade Minister Andrew Robb, who along with Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit, was everywhere yesterday talking up the prospect of a free trade […]

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