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October 30, 2008
Seaborne again
Japan’s constitution may prevent it from possessing an offensive military force, but as the ships on display during the Japan Coast Guard’s 60th birthday.
Seaborne again
August 27, 2008
Tale of a thousand cities
The glowing blue ripples of China’s National Aquatic Centre – better known as the Watercube – have made the Australian-designed 2008 Olympic Games venue a Chinese icon.
Tale of a thousand cities
June 17, 2008
Once Bittern, Twice Shy
China’s public signage, as the friends of many serial email forwarders have discovered is second perhaps only to that of Japan in its ability to delight, baffle, and send native English speakers into spasms of hilarity.
Once Bittern, Twice Shy
June 17, 2008
Settling the Issue
Xinjiang is a critically important region to the Chinese government. Firstly, Xinjiang’s Tarim Basin has the country’s fastest-growing oil and gas fields, and potential reserves could also make them the largest.
Settling the Issue
June 17, 2008
Hat Tricks
Tibet is much more than just the Chinese-controlled province of the TAR. Taking into account the real size of Tibet…
Hat Tricks
June 17, 2008
Master of the Universe
Diplomats, politicians and mining executives like to say that there is always heat and colour in the iron ore trade and this year is no different to any other.
Master of the Universe
June 13, 2008
Fukuyama's Side of History
As a key player in the rise of neoconservatism within the US government, and author of the contentious treatise The End of History and the Last Man, Francis Fukuyama has an intimate understanding of the Washington scene that formulates so much of US foreign policy.
Fukuyama's Side of History
March 14, 2008
Unwilling and Able
In his recently released Interim Report on climate change, Professor Ross Garnaut argues that, absent early and deep emissions cuts, rapid economic growth and escalating greenhouse gas emissions in China…
Unwilling and Able
February 28, 2008
Framing China
As China has globalised, it’s artists and their works have also found new markets. International buyers account for about 90 per cent of the current interest in mainland-Chinese art which, according to the Cultural Ministry, is worth about $US36 billion a year.
Framing China
February 28, 2008
Loose Caboose
The hope that China will be “decoupled” from America, and so will not feel its looming recession, seemed to take a hit when Premier Wen Jiabao said that 2008 would be “a most difficult year”.
Loose Caboose
February 27, 2008
Engineering Survey: China
Australian companies are often drilled in the “three tenders, cheapest wins” philosophy, where relationships are irrelevant.
Engineering Survey: China
February 27, 2008
Engineering Survey: Asia
When Roger Olds took over Coffey International 12 years ago, he set his sights on taking the consulting company international.
Engineering Survey: Asia
February 27, 2008
Engineering Survey
Few industries appear as well placed as the engineering services industry. According to consultants Booz Allen Hamilton, the world’s urban infrastructure will need an extra $US40 trillion of investment…
Engineering Survey
February 14, 2008
Chinese Ghost Story
On February 5, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith assured his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, that Canberra had corrected the feng shui of a disturbing piece of the region’s diplomatic architecture.
Chinese Ghost Story
The Iran Secret: Explaining North Korea's Rocket Success
The Iran Secret: Explaining North Korea's Rocket Success
For years the Iran factor in North Korea’s ballistic missile program has been hiding in the open.
The Iran Secret: Explaining North Korea's Rocket Success
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