Category Archives: Security

The War on Thought

Since the fifth generation leadership team of the Chinese Communist Party assumed office three years ago they have taken drastic steps to curb freedom of expression and overpower religious and civil organisations not sanctioned by the Party. The Weiquan movement is  a group of human rights lawyers, Beijing has arrested many of its leading lights including the well-known Pu Zhiqiang.

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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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Ice cold: why China (and China alone) decided to release Kalynda Davis

Michael Sainsbury China’s uncharacteristically lenient treatment of alleged drug mule Kalynda Davis is, in some ways, an anomaly and a distraction from the greater ice threat that should unite Australia and China. For a week or so, photogenic 22-year-old western Sydney-sider Kalynda Davis, who surfaced as a suspected methamphetamine smuggler and was detained in the

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With FTAs like these, who needs China?

Michael Sainsbury While China persists with its counterproductive carrot-and-stick approach to trade, Australia should look to more manageable economic relationships in south-east Asia. As the annual end-of-year orgy for global leaders ended in Brisbane yesterday, the opportunities that south-east Asia presents for Australia became ever clearer. The G20 capped off 10 days of frantic jockeying.

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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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