foreign policy

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While Australia shouldn't be unnecessarily provocative, we can’t afford to simply sit back and watch China flout global convention, writes Alan Dupont.

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Gough Whitlam made us confident. Confident to be Australian, confident to be ourselves and confident to take on the world knowing who we are, writes Tim Harcourt.

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As Tony Abbott arrives in the US for his first face-to-face meeting with Barack Obama, his failure to learn from the past on climate change could cause yet another diplomatic bungle, warns Christian Downie.

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The Prime Minister's newly announced currency conversion deal with China is a good first step on the long march to seamless economic ties, writes Tim Harcourt.

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Ironically, the most important outcome of improved defence ties with Indonesia may well be political rather than strategic, writes Alan Dupont.

Ian Bickerton

Resolution of the war in Afghanistan requires the Taliban, the American and Karzai governments to recognise that victory, in any military sense, is illusory and cannot be fully realised, argues Ian Bickerton.