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The rhetorical heat might be coming out of the Australia-China relationship, but there’s no fundamental shift – yet | Daniel Hurst

‘Congratulatory message’ to Labor PM Anthony Albanese from Chinese premier may lower temperature but substantial ‘reset’ seems far offGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThere appears to be no immediate prospect of a substantial “reset” between China and Australia, despite the premier, Li Keqiang, sending a “congratulatory message”...

Airbnb to close in China amid repeated Covid lockdowns

With pandemic restrictions showing no sign of ending, home rental service says it will cease taking bookings for accommodation inside China from 30 JulyAirbnb is closing down its business inside China indefinitely, as the country’s zero-Covid policy, lockdowns and travel restrictions continue.On Tuesday Airbnb told its China-based users it would cease...

China’s foreign minister to visit Solomon Islands amid push for more deals with Pacific countries

Tour, which includes Fiji and Papua New Guinea, comes amidst ‘uptick of tempo’ in China’s engagement in the PacificChina’s foreign minister will visit Solomon Islands this week, one month after signing a security agreement with the Pacific country, on a broader tour where China is seeking more deals in the region.Wang Yi would visit Honiara with a “nearly...

China responds to Biden's pledge to defend Taiwan if invaded – video

China expressed resolute opposition to Joe Biden's remarks that the US would defend Taiwan militarily if the Chinese mainland were to invade. Biden made the statement on Monday during his visit to Japan.Responding to that at a regular press conference, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said: 'the Chinese side expresses strong dissatisfaction...

Biden’s Taiwan vow creates confusion not clarity – and raises China tensions

President’s blunt response appears to undercut US ‘strategic ambiguity’ on Taiwan as White House forced to walk back remarksThe somewhat routine press conference in Tokyo was winding down when the question came. “Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?”Many past American presidents would have deflected, demurred,...

Supply chain delays and steel costs are part of ‘perfect storm’ stalling renewable energy growth

Covid disruptions in China and rising costs are affecting supplies of solar panels and wind turbine parts, while domestic energy prices climbGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesSupply chain delays from China and the soaring cost of steel and other materials are combining to slow...

Anthony Albanese in Tokyo for tense Quad talks after Joe Biden says US would defend Taiwan

Labor leader in tight position after China said dialogue with US, India and Japan would be test of new Australian prime minister’s ‘political wisdom’Election 2022 results: live votes tracker and federal seat countsGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has arrived in Tokyo for high-level security talks...

UN rights chief’s visit to China will be held in ‘closed loop’, Beijing says

Michelle Bachelet begins trip amid fears that authorities will use Covid restrictions as cover to limit her accessChina has said the UN rights chief’s visit to the country this week will be conducted in a “closed loop”, referring to the Chinese model of isolating people inside a “bubble” in order to contain the spread of Covid-19.The United Nations...

Boonie Bears: Back to Earth review – Chinese animated blockbuster is messy but fun

Pixar beware: Huida Lin’s film is an entertaining hodgepodge of styles and ideas that could one day turn the animation tide eastIt is refreshing to see that, within the digital animation blitz, some things remain resolutely old-fashioned. At one point in this Chinese animated blockbuster, the eighth film spin-off from a popular kids’ TV cartoon series,...

Australia to stand with Pacific islands on climate crisis and ‘respect’ region, Penny Wong says

New foreign affairs minister tells Pacific leaders Australia ‘will listen because we care’ after reports China may be seeking security agreement with KiribatiAustralia federal election 2022 LIVE – latest news, updates and resultsElection 2022 results: live votes tracker and federal seat countsGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingAustralia’s...

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