Tag Archives: Julie Bishop

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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Palmer’s China comments could scupper trade deal

Michael Sainsbury Crikey, www.crikey.com.au, 25 August, 2014 Clive Palmer’s anti-Chinese government comments last week — they are “bastards” and “mongrels” — could not have come at a worse time for Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Trade Minister Andrew Robb. Chinese President Xi Jinping is preparing to bring more than 400 people — the largest business and

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Better optics, but Abbott sidestepping tricky issues of trade

Michael Sainsbury An apparently chastened Tony Abbott ventured, at last, to north Asia this week, the epicentre of Australia’s continued prosperity. It was something of a relief to see him ratchet back the pro-Japanese rhetoric (at least in public) that has so incensed Beijing and deliver a much calmer and friendlier message to the Chinese

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Abbott adrift in a sea of Chinese diplomacy

Michael Sainsbury  Tony Abbott is preparing for an early April trip to China, his first as Australian Prime Minister with his office laying plans to attend the Boao Conference for Asia on Hainan island. His office said the conference is “on the radar” but his China plans are yet to be finalised but insiders say

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Is Australia’s Abbott dancing with Asia or stepping on toes?

Michael Sainsbury, Nikkei Asian Review After his sweeping victory in the mid-September elections, new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott appeared to have the right idea about the country’s foreign policy direction. Among other pledges, he vowed to turn the official focus to the Asia-Pacific and engage with a region that accounts for about 90% of

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