Материалы: ‘The South Pacific’

James O’Neill. China’s Reaction to Australian Thoughtlessness Makes an Overdue Point

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For all of this century, China has been Australia’s most important trading partner. By 2019 it took more than one third of all Australian exports. This percentage had grown steadily each year. It was not alone in representing the importance of the Chinese market to the Australian economy. In 2019 China also became the largest […]

Morrison government allowing rich foreigners in ahead of 28,000 stranded Australians

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Labor has criticised a government decision allowing potentially hundreds of “privileged” foreign citizens paying for business investment visas to enter Australia, arguing they are taking hotel quarantine places away from 28,000 Australians stranded overseas. The comments from Penny Wong, the opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman, follow the Morrison government’s decision to allow holders of business innovation and […]

Isabella Kwai – Australia’s First Recession in Decades Signals Tougher Times to Come

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SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s economic engine has run without a major hitch for nearly three decades. Propped up by rich natural resources, fast-growing trade with Asia, a talented work force and vibrant immigration rates, the country even avoided stumbling during the 2008 global financial crisis. But the nation sometimes known as “The Lucky Country” could […]

Jennifer Duke. Foreign cyber security rules putting dampener on Aussie fintechs: DFAT.

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Asia-Pacific countries are introducing restrictive cyber security rules that threaten Australia’s technology exports, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has warned, suggesting trade terms could be used to bolster the fledgling fintech industry. In a submission to a Senate inquiry into the fintech and regulatory technology sectors, DFAT said global governments were working to […]

UK flags possibility of freedom of movement deal with Australia

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Australians living and working in the UK visa-free is on the table as Britain pushes for new trade deals with Australia after Brexit. The UK wants to strike up a new deal with Australia that would allow people to live and work in both countries without a visa. British Trade Secretary Liz Truss, who is […]

Elizabeth Buchanan. What Russia wants in a multipolar world?

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Last week, Russia’s Ambassador to Australia, Alexei Pavlovsky, delivered a keynote address at the Australian National University on Russia’s strategic architect and former foreign minister, the late Yevgeny Primakov. Reflecting on the speech, it is evident that policy makers, pundits, and the general public alike have much to gain by better understanding Primakov’s work on […]

Australian government seen globally as climate ‘denialist’, UN summit observers say

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Experts at the meeting say Australia is seen as ‘engaging in greenwashing’ and using accounting tricks to meet targets. Scott Morrison is increasingly seen as running a “denialist government” that is not serious about finding a global climate solution and uses “greenwash” to meet its emissions commitments, analysts and former diplomats say. Australian observers in […]

Clyde Russell – The Russians are coming for Australia’s coal markets

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Life is set to get even more difficult for major coal exporters with Russia planning to increase shipments of the fuel and the cost advantages appearing increasingly stacked in its favour. Russia is already the third-largest supplier to the seaborne market, behind Indonesia and Australia, and is moving to take advantage of its central geographic […]

Time for a dose of Vladimir Putin’s realism in Australia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin caused a tea-cup storm on the eve of a summit of the world’s 20 largest economies with this searing observation: “Every crime must have its punishment. The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population”. Western leaders lined up to […]

Pence: Trump won’t repeat Korea mistakes

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(NOVEMBER 15, 2018) US Vice President Mike Pence says Donald Trump plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the new year but won’t repeat past mistakes of allowing promises to be broken on pledges to end arms programs. The United States and North Korea have been discussing a second meeting between their […]