Category Archives: Diplomacy

Obama’s Australia speech digs the boot into China… twice?

There’s been plenty of news and commentary about Obama’s trip to Australia and the increase in US troops that will be stationed in Darwin. There have also been media reports about Obama’s speech to the Australian parliament, where he talked … Continue reading

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Leadership in Government – A Comparison between Australia, the US and China

This is a piece I wrote for Online Opinion. I’m reproducing it here. It details some differences in governing styles between China, the US and Australia. Leadership in Government – A Comparison between Australia, the US and China. Whether their … Continue reading

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Separation of Powers? The dragon doesn’t believe it exists.

Many China watchers, myself included, tend to think that if it were at all possible to isolate the single largest problem afflicting Chinese politics, it would be the lack of a separation of powers. It seems pretty clear that without … Continue reading

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Who’s who at the Northeast Asia Trade Expo – and who is missing out

I had the chance to check out the Northeast Asia Trade Expo which is currently going on in Changchun, Jilin province. I’ll be detailing some interesting tidbits about investment projects in North China in subsequent posts, but what was also … Continue reading

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Lessons for Gary Locke from Kevin Rudd

The US has posted a new ambassador to Beijing, in the form of Gary Locke – the first Chinese American to hold the post. He’s off to a very good start. Chinese officials take note – the simple act of … Continue reading

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