Can Asia-Pacific multi-lateral trade survive without the US?

By Giovanni Di Lieto The renewed attempt by Japan, Australia, and New Zealand to activate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the United States is poised to fail and bring down other mega trade deals in the Asia-Pacific region. As the so-called TPP-11 countries meet in Tokyo for the third time after the US withdrawal early … Continue reading Can Asia-Pacific multi-lateral trade survive without the US?

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With an eye on China, Australia-India warily embrace

New Delhi's decision to exclude Canberra from upcoming trilateral Malabar naval exercises with Japan and the US underscores the Indian Ocean's delicate strategic balance By Helen Clark When India recently decided against allowing Australia to join the upcoming Malabar joint naval exercises it holds annually with the United States and Japan, the move immediately sparked … Continue reading With an eye on China, Australia-India warily embrace

Property Investment – Australia – No foreigners, mate

A new survey shows a majority of Sydney residents are opposed to foreign property ownership after a surge in Chinese purchases and skyrocketing prices By Helen Clark A new University of Sydney report published in the Australian Geographer journal shows that a majority of Sydney residents are opposed to foreign property ownership, as prices in … Continue reading Property Investment – Australia – No foreigners, mate

Australia-Indonesia Relationship

By Helen Clark Australia-Indonesia ties are still at bay despite a recent public show of restored defense relations and moves afoot to deepen economic ties   Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s official visit to Australia in late February was trumpeted for the full restoration of defense ties after a brief severance over hurt sensibilities. But Widodo’s … Continue reading Australia-Indonesia Relationship

US – China trade war and Australia

Australia is rightly concerned about the possibility of a trade war between China and the US, given its economic dependence on Chinese trade, Wang Zhimin of China's Institute of Foreign Economy and Trade and Yuri Rubinsky of the Russian Academy of Sciences told Sputnik Australian trade minister Steven Ciobo led a business delegation to China last … Continue reading US – China trade war and Australia