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The insecure superpower: a volatile mix that will make China our challenge for decades

Frances Adamson

The outgoing secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade gives her frank assessment on the rise of China - and the winding back of its clock on civil rights.

Winter Olympics a new excuse for Beijing’s crackdown on everything

Eryk Bagshaw
Eryk Bagshaw

COVID-19 has provided a blanket of security for an increasingly restrictive state.

The contradiction at the heart of China’s rise

Peter Hartcher
Peter Hartcher

We need to understand what Isaiah Berlin called “the most important, most inhuman and still the most imperfectly understood phenomenon of our times”.

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Britney Spears: “too much control”.

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The planned audience with the judge overseeing her strict, court-ordered conservatorship will almost certainly be conducted out of the earshot of media and fans,

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America will miss its July 4 target to vaccinate 70 per cent of Americans.

Biden White House concedes it will miss July 4 vaccination goal

White House officials said the main reason the US will miss the 70 per cent target was that not enough younger American adults have received a jab.

  • by Matthew Knott

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The outgoing secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Frances Adamson, addresses the National Press Club on Wednesday.

The insecure superpower: a volatile mix that will make China our challenge for decades

The outgoing secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade gives her frank assessment on the rise of China - and the winding back of its clock on civil rights.

  • by Frances Adamson
A newsagent arranges copies of the Apple Daily, with a front page advertisement voicing support for the newspaper on its 26th anniversary on Sunday.

Apple Daily to stop printing from Saturday

The newspaper had been raided twice by hundreds of Hong Kong police in the past 12 months, at least seven editors and executives have been arrested.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw

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