China’s political fox hunt calls for some shirt-front diplomacy

Michael Sainsbury Instead of quietly bowing to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party to help net fugitive Chinese officials, the Abbott government should be leveraging the opportunity to agitate for the release of Australians questionably imprisoned in China. The Abbott government continues to be in a quandary about how to deal with China. Last week, […]

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Chinese economy sneezes, Australian miners catch a bad cold

Michael Sainsbury China’s economy is slowing, and its housing market is in the toilet. While Treasury forecasts suggest everything is fine, underneath the surface the cracks are beginning to show. China’s economic growth in the third quarter was 7.3%  compared with the same time last year — its worst since 2009 — amid a continued downturn in the property […]

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China’s anti-corruption campaign could hurt Aussie unis

Michael Sainsbury Amid the hullabaloo of ongoing protests in Hong Kong, the most important meeting of the year for China’s top leadership — the annual Communist Party Plenum — gets underway in Beijing today. It is at this meeting, the Fourth Plenum of the Communist Party’s Standing Committee of its 18th Congress, made up of the party’s top 200-plus members — rather than […]

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