Tag Archives: Andrew Forrest

Death-defying diplomacy when Abbott’s three-ring circus rolls into Asia

Michael Sainsbury After embarrassing missteps over imperial honours, Tony Abbott will try to make up for some foreign policy howlers when he visits China next month as part of the most ambitious offshore trip by an Australian prime minister in living memory. But he’ll have to do some serious diplomatic acrobatics to avoid making things

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As China’s economy declines so goes the price of iron ore, or does it?

Michael Sainsbury There is little doubt now, even amongst those who were relentlessly bullish (and dead wrong) late last year, that the Chinese economy is slowing, softening, or whatever people would like to call it. In recent days there have been lower than expected inflation and export figures – sure signs that the zing has

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Australia’s uncertainty about China dominates PM’s visit

Michael Sainsbury Bo’ao, Hainan Island   In their wisdom, Canberra’s powers-that-be decided to designate the unusually heavyweight Bo’ao Forum, a logistical nightmare of an event held on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan, as the centrepiece of Julia Gillard’s second trip to China as prime minister. The forum is named for the one-time fishing village

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Bo’ao Business Round Table

Michael Sainsbury Bo’ao, Hainan Island IT was all business for the Australian contingent – lead by PM Julia Gillard – at China’s Bo’ao for Asia Forum on the resort island of Hainan on Saturday. But the message for the government was not good with Chinese participants on the inaugural Sino-Australia Business Leaders Initiative saying there

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