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Australia Combats China’s Interference Amid Deep Discord in Relations
November 09, 2020

Australia Combats China’s Interference Amid Deep Discord in Relations

By Abhijnan Rej
The recent arrest of a community leader on a foreign interference charge comes as Australia-China commercial relations inch toward the rock bottom.
New Zealand Names Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence
November 03, 2020

New Zealand Names Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence

By Grant Wyeth
Despite all the positive advances New Zealand has achieved, the prevalence of violence against women and children remains a persistent scourge.

China’s Trade Offensive Against Australia Continues with Ban on Wheat Imports
November 03, 2020

China’s Trade Offensive Against Australia Continues with Ban on Wheat Imports

By Abhijnan Rej
Wheat joins a long list of commodities whose imports from Australia have been effectively banned by China as it flexes its geoeconomic muscle.

Australia Announces New Injection of Pacific COVID-19 Vaccine Aid
November 02, 2020

Australia Announces New Injection of Pacific COVID-19 Vaccine Aid

By Sebastian Strangio
Canberra's funding commitments are beginning to catch up to its concerns about China's growing influence in its neighborhood.

Australia, Japan, US Trilateral Partnership to Fund Undersea Cable for Palau
October 31, 2020

Australia, Japan, US Trilateral Partnership to Fund Undersea Cable for Palau

By Abhijnan Rej
As the U.S. and its allies compete with China, the North Pacific is emerging as a key battleground.
Rights Groups Urge Australia to Release Inquiry Into War Crimes in Afghanistan
October 30, 2020

Rights Groups Urge Australia to Release Inquiry Into War Crimes in Afghanistan

By Joshua Mcdonald
The inquiry comes amid a volley of investigations by Australian media outlets into the alleged war crimes and the “culture of impunity” that enables such violations.

Demanding a Loyalty Test From Chinese Australians Will Backfire
October 28, 2020

Demanding a Loyalty Test From Chinese Australians Will Backfire

By Grant Wyeth
By targeting Chinese Australians for questioning about political loyalties, Australian politicians play right into the CCP’s hands.
Prabowo Set to Complicate the Australia-Indonesia Relationship
October 26, 2020

Prabowo Set to Complicate the Australia-Indonesia Relationship

By Ross B. Taylor
Despite his dark past, Canberra may eventually be forced to hold its nose and engage with the former Indonesian general.

US Aid Pledge to Pro-Taiwan Solomon Islands Province Raises Eyebrows
October 23, 2020

US Aid Pledge to Pro-Taiwan Solomon Islands Province Raises Eyebrows

By Joshua Mcdonald
The $25 million in aid to Malaita has sparked concerns that Washington is aid for geopolitical gain vis-a-vis China.

Australian Parliament to Debate a Beijing Olympics Boycott
October 21, 2020

Australian Parliament to Debate a Beijing Olympics Boycott

By Philip Citowicki
Next month the Senate will debate Australia’s participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics amid growing outcry over China’s human rights violations.

Ardern Poised to Win Re-election in New Zealand.
October 16, 2020

Ardern Poised to Win Re-election in New Zealand.

By Joshua Mcdonald
Jacinda Ardern’s Labor Party is expected to come out far ahead in Saturday’s election, but may end up needing the Greens as a coalition partner.
Australia Looks to Tighten Government Oversight of University Agreements With China
October 14, 2020

Australia Looks to Tighten Government Oversight of University Agreements With China

By Robert Potter
The move is overdue, as public entities and state governments have proven unable to fully vet their agreements with China.

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