Category Archives: Foreign Affairs

In the Year of the Goat, we must bell the Chinese cat

Despite the optimistic posturing of Australia’s Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens, China’s economy is in trouble, and it’s time for Australia to readjust its policies to recognise the looming downturn. Australians, led by Treasurer Joe Hockey, will be hoping that, in the run-up to Chinese New Year, Australia’s Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens didn’t reveal

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Pope Francis visits ‘new frontier’

Michael Sainsbury Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, this week hopes to put his stamp on Asia. The pope’s six-day trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines aims to convey the church’s message to billions of potential converts. Asia today is home to 140 million Catholics. There are an estimated 73

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China loses grip on Indian Ocean as economy continues to sink

Michael Sainsbury Within the high walls of Zhongnanhai, the sprawling Chinese Communist Party leadership compound in central Beijing, there would have been conniptions after Maithripala Sirisena ran over the top of incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in last Thursday’s Sri Lankan presidential elections. Democracy had punched a hole in the CCP’s Indian Ocean strategy, commonly known as

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Rising democracy burns brightly in Taiwan

Michael Sainsbury In spring, there were sunflowers in Taipei. By autumn, there were umbrellas in Hong Kong. But the end of the year, in greater China, has brought a sudden, bitter winter for the ruling Kuomintang Party (KMT) in Taiwan. The former Nationalist rulers of mainland China, who were beaten by the Communists in the

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