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Home Affairs and Cyber Security minister Clare O’Neil said Australians should be concerned about handing data to social media companies.

TikTok and social media data collection a concern, says cyber minister

Home Affairs and Cyber Security Minister Clare O’Neil has warned Australians about giving up personal information to social media companies.

  • Max Mason
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
A group of young men pose for a picture while standing on top of a burnt Russian military vehicle in St Michaels Square in Kyiv.

Zelensky fires security chiefs over ‘treasonous’ activities

The head of Ukraine’s security services and its prosecutor general were sacked after scores of government staff were accused of working with Russian forces.

  • Isabelle Khurshudyan and Praveena Somasundaram
TikTok is coming under fresh scrutiny after admitted Australian user data can be accessed by staff in China.

TikTok’s ‘alarming’, ‘excessive’ data collection revealed

The viral video-app checks device location at least once an hour, continuously requests access to contacts, maps a device’s running apps and all installed apps, and more.

  • Max Mason

This Month

The upcoming skills and jobs summit must focus on lifting how much each worker can do and can earn.

Productivity will keep our 2020s jobs miracle alive

The last time the jobs picture looked this good, a long inflation outbreak was coming with it. We can do much better than that.

  • The AFR View
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
BetaShares CEO Alex Vynokur: “A lot of my  childhood friends are in the middle of a war.”

CEO starts Australia’s first charity devoted to Ukraine war victims

BetaShares founder Alex Vynokur was born in Ukraine and has been putting his considerable business skills to use, setting up the United Ukraine Appeal.

  • Aleks Vickovich
TikTok is coming under fresh scrutiny after admitted Australian user data can be accessed by staff in China.

TikTok’s privacy ‘fundamentally incompatible’ with Australia

TikTok is coming under renewed pressure after the admission that Australian user data can be accessed by its China employees.

  • Max Mason
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
A resident clears rubble from his house which was destroyed in a Russian attack on a residential neighbourhood in downtown Kharkiv.

Ukraine braces for fresh Russian assault

Ukraine officials said intense shelling across the country amounted to preparations for an intensification of Russian hostilities in the war, now in its fifth month.

  • Michael Perry
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
Foreign ministers Penny Wong and Wang Yi met in Bali last Friday

China offers a first step, but hostilities remain on both sides

Despite the meeting between China and Australia’s foreign ministers in Bali, the Labor government will largely continue the approach of the Morrison government towards China - minus the more excitable rhetoric.

  • Jennifer Hewett

In reality, NATO hasn’t got Australia’s back against China

America’s renewed focus on Europe will only make it harder for Washington to juggle demands in both theatres. Asian allies will already be worrying privately about an America again being distracted.

  • James Curran
Penny Wong set to meet China’s Wang Yi at the G20 foreign minister’s meeting in Bali.

Welcome steps towards dialogue with Beijing

It may be a thaw with no particular warmth yet, but Australia-China diplomacy can move back to the diplomatic virtues of pragmatism and dialogue.

  • The AFR View
Charges against Bernard Collaery have been dropped.

Collaery may chase costs after four-year legal battle over spy case

Former ACT attorney-general Bernard Collaery may apply for costs after his prosecution was dropped.

  • Michael Pelly
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
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ukraine conflict keeps NATO’s focus close to home

What the new Strategic Concept unveiled in Madrid will mean for Australia and the Indo-Pacific will largely depend on security developments in Europe.

  • Gorana Grgic
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is seen as he visits Maidan square in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, July 3, 2022. Mr Albanese made a 12 hours long visit to Kyiv meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING . POOL VIA AAP.

Albanese must be a global prime minister

Since we developed our own foreign policies after World War II, we have never been lazy as international players – but we always tended to run out of puff.

  • John McCarthy