Tag Archives: Tony Abbott

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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Talk is cheap: Abbott’s Asia trip missing the real opportunities?

Michael Sainsbury Prime Minister Tony Abbott has firmly cast his trip to North Asia to be all about trade and investment. There has been much focus on free trade agreements with South Korea, Japan and China, Abbott’s destinations this trip. But for all the hype the real value, business-to-business deals, seem to have been lost

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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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Australia, the ASEAN refugee?

Michael Sainsbury Jakarta As the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) race toward their goal of a regional economic community by 2015, forging trade and strategic agreements and luring foreign investment along the way, a once-active regional player has quietly slipped from its earlier objectives. Australia’s increasingly mixed fortunes in

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