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June 18, 2009
China in Latin America
China’s growing influence on international affairs is nowhere more evident than in Latin America, a region pejoratively regarded as the ‘backyard’ of the United States.
China in Latin America
June 18, 2009
Australian Education goes Global
Subverting a celebrated Benjamin Franklin bon mot, Noam Chomsky declared that ‘education is ignorance’.
Australian Education goes Global
June 18, 2009
Apocalypse Porn
When I checked in at Sydney Airport for a flight to Perth, the Qantas operative greeted me with ‘bad news’. Due to a technical hitch, there was – gasp – ‘no audio-visual’. I couldn’t have been happier. Forty winks was in my grasp. ‘Such a long flight,’ she lamented. Passengers were provided with a $30 voucher to buy books.
Apocalypse Porn
June 18, 2009
Why Obama Should Speak in Indonesia?
Why Obama Should Speak in Indonesia?
June 18, 2009
Authoritarian regimes
In 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell, Francis Fukuyama asked whether the world had reached ‘the end of history’.
Authoritarian regimes
June 14, 2009
Why the World Needs China
Kathleen McLaughlin reports from Beijing on the strengthening economic ties between China and the US.
Why the World Needs China
June 10, 2009
Below the Surface
The 20th anniversary earlier this month of the Tiananmen tragedy has given China-watchers an opportunity to take stock of their analyses over the past two decades. And, given the recent media and policy attention lavished on China’s maritime ambitions, it is worth looking back at Western studies of the Chinese navy and its impressive advances in recent years. However, a closer look at many of those predictions shows, at best, a patchy record of success – and, at worst, some worrying analytical shortcomings.
Below the Surface
June 04, 2009
Tiananmen: The Crime of Silence
The Diplomat’s China correspondent Kathleen McLaughlin considers why the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre is a topic for discussion everywhere but China.
Tiananmen: The Crime of Silence
June 02, 2009
Is China's Patience With North Korea Wearing Thin?
With North Korea’s latest acts of defiance again grabbing the world’s attention – an underground nuclear test last week and several missile firings – all eyes have turned to China to rein in its secretive neighbour.
Is China's Patience With North Korea Wearing Thin?
June 02, 2009
Interview with Ali Allawi
James Robertson recently caught up with Allawi for The Diplomat to discuss what he calls ‘The Crisis of Islamic Civilization’, as Barack Obama prepares to visit the Middle East to deliver a major address redefining US relations with Islam.
Interview with Ali Allawi
May 10, 2009
China's Maritime Missile Threat
Last month was the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). At the naval parade held to commemorate the event, in front of delegations from 29 countries, PLAN Commander General Wu Shengli declared that Beijing intended to build aircraft carriers, spurring widespread speculation over China’s blue-water ambitions.
China's Maritime Missile Threat
May 07, 2009
The Australia-China Relationship
Australia’s establishment of diplomatic relations with China in 1972 by the Whitlam Government, together with Australia’s One China policy, has underpinned Australia-China relations for more than 30 years.
The Australia-China Relationship
May 07, 2009
Hong Kong Cinema in the 21st Century
Two years ago, Hong Kong marked the 10th anniversary of its reunification with China with the usual fanfare and fireworks, and perhaps some relief – if not satisfaction – that 10 years had indeed passed.
Hong Kong Cinema in the 21st Century
May 07, 2009
Destination Abu Dhabi
While Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates and the best known internationally, Abu Dhabi, the national capital lying 150 km south-west of Dubai, is well on the way to matching the profile of its precocious sibling.
Destination Abu Dhabi
May 07, 2009
Hong Kong: Gateway to China
In stand-alone terms, Hong Kong’s statistics are impressive. It was the world’s 12th largest trading economy in 2007, with a GDP in excess of US$200 billion.
Hong Kong: Gateway to China
May 07, 2009
Lebanon's Elections
As the world surveys the wreckage that is now Gaza, the international community would be advised to shift its attention north to Lebanon, where the elections to be held in June have the potential  to immerse the country in yet another bloody civil conflict.
Lebanon's Elections
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