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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


Greens leader Adam Bandt.

Greens open to backing Labor’s 43pc emission target

After initially labelling Labor’s target “weak”, Adam Bandt’s indication he is open to backing it came after several environmental groups called on the party not to stand in the way of the legislation.

  • Ronald Mizen and Pete Ker
Joseph E. Stiglitz, the Nobel laureate economist, at Columbia University in New York.

How a Nobel laureate ruffled a few feathers in Australia

Joseph Stiglitz has never been afraid of expressing heterodox views about economics that leave mainstream thinkers perplexed – his trip here is no different.

  • Ronald Mizen

This Month

China’s COVID crisis is weighing on iron ore prices.

China’s property, banking pain has iron ore in a bear squeeze

COVID-19 is slowing China’s economy and sparking crises in its property sector, weighing on iron ore prices just as the big miners see costs rise. 

  • Updated
  • James Thomson
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
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
Coal royalties have been raised in  Queensland.

China mulls ending Australia coal ban on Russia supply fears

Chinese officials are looking to boost fuel supplies to avoid a repeat of last year’s power disruptions, particularly ahead of a key party congress.

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

Labor must learn China is not going away

Penny Wong is professional and diligent, but Prime Minister Anthony Albanese needs to change his advisers on China.

  • Geoff Raby
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is stepping up efforts to secure supplies of rare earths minerals.

Why energy security is the burning issue

China’s omnipresence in renewables was lurking in the background on day one of the global energy forum in Sydney organised by the Australian government.

  • Tony Boyd
None of the major banks had announced how they would be changing mortgage rates in response to the RBA move.

Consumer, business confidence worsen: ANZ, NAB and Westpac

Rate rises cause consumer, business confidence to dip, three of the big four banks said; NSW ICAC to review Jenny West’s testimony from John Barilaro inquiry; Commonwealth, NSW bankroll millions in extra flood aid. How the day unfolded.

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  • Georgie Moore and Campbell Kwan
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Don’t be fooled by China’s wolf warriors in sheep’s clothing

Rather than a real correction, Beijing is just using a new government in Canberra to recalibrate its aggressive approach.

  • James Carouso
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong meets Wang Yi in Bali.

Albanese government no soft touch under China’s one-way pressure

The reality is that it is not what Beijing says, but how it acts, that is shaping the government’s early foreign policy forays.

  • The AFR View
Jenny West gives evidence at the NSW parliamentary inquiry.

‘I was horrified’, jilted trade post candidate says

Former public servant Jenny West speaks of shock after US trade post offer rescinded, handed to John Barilaro; national jobs summit locked in for September. Follow updates here.

  • Updated
  • Georgie Moore

‘We could not save him’: Shinzo Abe assassinated on campaign trail

Japan is in shock as former PM Shinzo Abe dies after being shot during a political event; suspect is a man in his 40s; Abe reportedly shot with a handmade weapon. Follow updates here.

  • Updated
  • Georgie Moore and Campbell Kwan
Penny Wong at the G20 summit with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Wong raises trade war, detained Aussies with China’s foreign minister

Australia’s foreign minister said her meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi was an important first step in restoring relations between the two countries.

  • Andrew Brown, Maeve Bannister and Miranda Forster
Solomon Islanders care less about foreign policy and more about economic challenges.

As West points finger at China, we’d like to ask: What’s your move?

When it comes to wielding influence in the Solomon Islands, Australia has a powerful tool that China doesn’t have.

  • Dorothy Wickham
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Thursday, July 7, 2022. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins/Pool) NO ARCHIVING ...

Ardern’s Sydney speech ‘will go down well with Beijing’

New Zealand’s prime minister made conciliatory remarks towards China, her country’s biggest trading partner, over its diplomatic support for Russia.

  • Aaron Patrick
China and Australia’s foreign ministers Wang Yi and Penny Wong will both attend the G20 summit in Bali this week.

Australia-China relations should be ‘stabilised’, says Penny Wong

The foreign minister has called for less rocky associations with Beijing before a meeting with her Chinese counterpart at a G20 ministerial gathering in Bali.

  • Updated
  • Michael Smith
MI5 Director General Ken McCallum, left, and FBI Director Christopher Wray give a joint press conference at MI5 headquarters in central London.

US, UK spy leaders raise fresh alarms about Chinese espionage

Christopher Wray’s speech was notable because it took place at MI5’s London headquarters and alongside the agency’s director general, Ken McCallum, in an intended show of Western solidarity.

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  • Demetri Sevastopulo and John Paul Rathbone