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Rory MedcalfIndia picks a side in new cold war - strong piece by @gideonrachman in @FT though my view is that it was only a matter of time before Indian mistrust of China hardened into strategic rivalry - the Galwan killings hastened that moment
Deng Xiaoping once famously urged China to bide its time in its foreign relations. Maybe that is the best option now for Australia.
Rory MedcalfThere is no quick fix to our parlous relationship with China. Nor should there be
- and we are not alone. A thoughtful article by Richard McGregor. Australia should hide and bide? But how to operationalise such a ploy?
Reading the tea leaves is a challenge in China — if the internet is any indicator, the State censors are already having a challenging time.
Rory Medcalf"An emperor in public had better be wearing clothes". Incisive piece by one of India's most respected China hands, ex-foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, on the CCP's struggle to suppress public grievance and anger at Xi Jinping over the COVID-19 disaster
Gove accuses Beijing of not being honest about the infectiousness of COVID-19.
Rory Medcalf"The idea that we can import cheap goods and not import the consequences of slave labour, of silencing opposition and government repression, including of the truth about pandemic outbreaks, is clearly not true."
US Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger, during a panel discussion at the Raisina Dialogue here, slammed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for saying that the Indo-Pacific initiative was aimed at disrupting the existing regional...
Rory MedcalfBrilliant and cutting - India foreign secretary corrects Russia about Indo-Pacific. It is more a organically Asian concept then the colonial construct of the Asia-Pacific, he says
Bo "Nick" Zhao was in trouble financially when he said he was approached with a million-dollar offer to become China's man in Federal Parliament.
Rory MedcalfChina 'bid to plant spy MP' - more details of this confronting investigation. This will add a new intensify to concerns about PRC interference in Australia
Rory MedcalfExtraordinary new allegations of direct Chinese Communist Party interference in Australia - a bid to fund a political candidate, an accuser found dead. This report will prompt intense concern and interest
Australia's universities are embroiled in a growing geo-political storm amid rising concerns over the Chinese Government's expanding power abroad. Universities earn billions of dollars a year from student fees and research collaborations with China,...
Rory MedcalfI guess I will be watching this on Monday night, as I hope will thousands of other Australian academics. China controversies are likely to remain daily news in Australia for years to come.
Regular briefings of journalists by spooks would improve the transparency of Australia's intelligence agencies while balancing national security and public in...
Rory MedcalfWhy a free press is a magic weapon for Australian democracy and sovereignty when faced with authoritarian influence - good to see @NSC_ANU colleagues @KMansted and @JCarrollASPI join me in giving evidence to a parliamentary committee today
The Chinese Communist Party can only tolerate their own version of the truth
Rory MedcalfIt was extraordinary to hear an Australian foreign minister today urging China, a supposedly responsible major power, not to torture an Australian citizen. This article reminds why a forced confession is such a real concern and a real possibility
Rory MedcalfIs this hostage diplomacy? China charges Australian writer with espionage, risk of death penalty. Time for Australia and other countries to change travel advice to warn of arbitrary detention, as I argued in January
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Rory MedcalfA powerful piece. Agree with it or not, anyone wanting to assess the geopolitical consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic that began in Wuhan will need to engage with the case put by @wrmead about the scale of the Party’s suppression of truth
Rory MedcalfA really disturbing story if true. Did Australian taxpayers unwittingly fund research to produce technology commercialised specifically to suppress human rights in Xinjiang?
New trade figures show China needs us as much as we need them, with Australia supplying a record 74 per cent of China's imported iron ore.
Rory MedcalfThe trade war is making China more reliant on Australia - a refreshing reminder that fears of Chinese economic leverage are sometimes more about politics and perception than the national interest
It reflects poorly on the national debate that most Hastie critics have ignored the legitimate issues he raises about China's authoritarian lurch, writes Professor Rory Medcalf.
Rory MedcalfChina - with its mix of merits and risks - is not Nazi Germany. It is creating its own systems of control. My thoughts on the concerns - and the confected outrage - that an Australian politician’s Maginot Line article has stirred up.