Where does Malaysia stand on China’s Belt and Road?

AMONG the central narratives that swept the Mahathir Mohamad-led coalition into power in 2018 were two…

China seizes nearly 2,750 elephant tusks in huge bust

CHINESE authorities have seized 7.5 tonnes of ivory — 2,748 elephant tusks — in one of…

A turbulent year ahead in Taiwan’s cross-strait relations

EAST Asian security and trade discussions have been dominated by certain issues over the past few…

China secures relationships in the Middle East as US ties falter

IN February 2019 Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman paid a much-publicised visit to…

Why China’s WeChat could be a key battleground in the Australian election

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley’s “young Asians with PhDs taking our jobs” blunder cost him dearly…

What will a Chinese takeover of the Hanjin shipyard cost the Philippines?

IN JANUARY 2019, South Korea’s Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction closed down its shipbuilding operations in the…

An economic development parable

People walk through a shopping mall complex in Beijing on January 21, 2019. – China’s economy…

Will national security concerns end the globalisation of technology?

TECHNOLOGY is a key battlefield according to recent Five Eyes’ moves to limit China’s foreign technology…

Waiting for the global renminbi

‘GREAT POWERS’, says the Nobel-laureate economist Robert Mundell, ‘have great currencies’. So where is China’s? In…

The Chinese coal ‘ban’ carries a significant political message

AS A STANDOFF over Australian coal shipments through the northern Chinese port of Dalian continues, it…

Foreign influence: With China, it’s a blurry line between corporate and state

FORMER federal trade minister Andrew Robb says he has quit his AU$880,000-a-year (US$632,000) consultancy job with…

Is China playing the North Korea card?

SINCE Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in March…

China: Internet users turn to the blockchain to fight govt censorship

THANKS to blockchain, internet users have achieved some victories in the fight against China’s strict internet…

US-China trade talks: Will the Chinese keep promises to stop bad behavior?

TALKS between the US and China to end the trade war appear to be in trouble…

Consumers in China are getting more cautious about data privacy

CHINA is an interesting country in the digital ecosystem of Asia. Bigger than its neighbours, China…

Why is Russia standing aloof on the Korean Peninsula?

FOR MORE than a year there has been a flurry of diplomatic activity on the Korean…

Who are the Uyghurs and why is the Chinese government detaining them?

THE Uyghurs are Turkic-speaking Muslims from the Central Asian region. The largest population live in China’s…

Australia: well placed to join the Moon mining race … or is it?

IT’S 50 years since man first stepped on the Moon. Now the focus is on going…

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