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Defence Minister Richard Marles.

China takes aim at ‘commander’ Marles as no better than Dutton

Chinese tabloid The Global Times published an editorial saying Richard Marles had become one of the government’s “most aggressive actors against China”.

  • Andrew Tillett
Foreign ministers Penny Wong and Wang Yi met in Bali during a G20 summit.

Liberal warriors don’t want a China reset

There are some on the right who thrive on the tension. And they insist that the breakdown is all Beijing’s fault.

  • Craig Emerson

China tries to stem mortgage boycott with developer loans

Home buyers have stopped paying mortgages on at least 100 projects across 50 cities.

  • Qilai Shen

Is China stumbling into its own mortgage disaster?

The Chinese authorities’ drift on managing bad property debts feels eerily like the impending subprime crisis in 2007.

  • Shuli Ren
Elon Musk’s Tesla buys lithium from a Chinese company that is exploring for minerals in Xinjiang.

Lithium giant’s link to slave labour region puts Tesla in spotlight

The deepening connection between Ganfeng Lithium and China’s controversial Xinjiang region is set to draw more scrutiny from investors and consumers.

  • David Stringer and Annie Lee


International Monetary Fund managing director Kristalina Georgieva with Saudi Arabia’s Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan at the G20 meeting in Bali.

‘Shock after shock after shock’: IMF will cut growth outlook

The International Monetary Fund’s director for strategy and policy says surging prices, the pandemic and China’s slowdown are making things difficult for policymakers.

  • Yudith Ho and Michelle Jamrisko
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, greets US President Joe Biden with a fist bump in Jeddah.

Biden’s outreach to Middle East dictators is about China and Russia

During painful encounters Arab strongmen, Joe Biden returned to one reason for renewing ties with allies on the wrong side of the struggle battle between democracy and autocracy.

  • David E. Sanger and Peter Baker

This Month

Anthony Albanese.

Pacific: Australia pressured on climate change, China gets a free pass

Australia is being urged by Pacific neighbours to go further on curbing climate change, but they don’t apply the same standards to the world’s biggest emitter, China.

  • Andrew Tillett
Don Farrell and Penny Wong have not always seen eye to eye.

Australia’s odd couple must repair frayed ties with Beijing

Two very different South Australian politicians have taken charge of relations with China which, while thawing, remain fraught.

  • Updated
  • Andrew Clark
Industrial output rose 3.9 per cent in June from a year earlier, up from May’s increase of 0.7 per cent.

China’s growth slows sharply as COVID-19 policy takes a toll

Beijing’s economic growth plunged to 0.4 per cent over a year earlier in the latest quarter, after Shanghai and other cities were shut down to fight COVID-19.

  • Updated
  • Malcolm Scott
Talking again: Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi this month.

What is Australia’s plan B for China?

The US may not win, and China may not be easily appeased either. We need more eggs in more baskets.

  • Ben Scott
Fiji prime minister  Frank Bainimarama presents Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with a Wau war club during a bilateral meeting at the Pacific Islands Forum on Wednesday.

Economic integration the right way to step up in the Pacific

There is a strategic great game going on in the Pacific. But initiatives to better economically integrate with the most aid-dependent region in the world are the right moves.

  • The AFR View
A protestor runs for cover after soldiers fire tear gas during street violence in Colombo.

Sri Lanka’s protesters leave buildings but tensions stay high

The island nation is in a state of political limbo after the president, blamed for an economic crisis, fled the country.

  • Krutika Pathi
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare greets Anthony Albanese at the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji.

Albanese ‘confident’ China won’t build a base in Solomon Islands

Anthony Albanese had a constructive first meeting Solomons Island leader Manasseh Sogavare.

  • Andrew Tillett
Firefighters in Albergaria a Velha, Portugal.

Scorching heatwave sparks wildfires in Europe

The World Meteorological Organisation warned this week the heatwave was spreading and intensifying in large parts of Europe.

  • Catarina Demony and Miguel Pereira
Sri Lankan soldiers patrol near the official residence of president Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka’s president flees the country amid economic crisis

Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his wife fled to the Maldives after protesters stormed his home following an economic meltdown that triggered severe shortages of food and fuel.

  • Updated
  • Uditha Jayasinghe and Devjyot Ghoshal
TikTok said its US security team restricted access to data based on need to carry out a job.

Australia’s TikTok data vulnerable to access by China staff

TikTok says its US-based security team oversees a strict approval process for access to Australian user data by employees across the world, including in China.

  • Max Mason
The US market is yet to take into account a hit on earnings.

Temasek’s China investments shrink

The state-owned company will slow investments across its $426 billion portfolio amid a “complex and challenging” global environment.

  • Emma Connors
The Thames Estuary sprouts windfarms: access to green metals for electrification is essential.

Renewable supply chains must adapt to new energy world

The world needs to show the same rapid diversification of green energy materials that it did after the oil shocks of the 1970s.

  • Fatih Birol
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese paid tribute to slain former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday.

Australia does not respond to China’s ‘demands’: Albanese

The prime minister says he wants a constructive relationship with Beijing, but he will put the national interest first instead of bowing to diplomatic pressure.

  • Andrew Tillett