Australia preparing to spend up in south-east Asia to counter Beijing: sources

The package will include measures to counter China’s upstream dam-building exercises in the Mekong River, which last year exacerbated a severe drought in countries downstream.

China’s demand for Australian coal and iron ore surges despite rising animosity

A two-track trade relationship is developing between China and Australia. Imports critical to Beijing’s infrastructure stimulus are climbing while beef, barley and education attracts trade bans.

China halts European salmon imports over suspected link to coronavirus outbreak

China has halted imports from European salmon suppliers amid fears they might be linked to a coronavirus outbreak at a Beijing market, although experts say the fish itself is unlikely […]

‘Discourse control’: Political leaders’ language changes after signing up to Belt and Road, Clive Hamilton says

Political leaders around the world have adopted the Chinese Communist Party’s language soon after signing onto the Belt and Road Initiative, a new book argues, in a fresh warning to […]