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China-Solomon Islands Security Cooperation Agreement

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean After much media speculation and diplomatic concerns, Beijing and Honiara finally confirmed the signing of a “Security Cooperation Agreement” last week. Although neither government has disclosed the content of the agreement, a draft leaked in March revealed the extent of proposed close cooperation on security and defence affairs, including …

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SPECIAL REPORT: ZERO-COVID STRATEGY AT AN INFLECTION POINT FOR DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL ECONOMY

ZERO-COVID STRATEGY AT AN INFLECTION POINT FOR DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL ECONOMY EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Covid-19 pandemic caused a number of socio-economic shocks to China’s economy, resulting in several economic growth target readjustments. While the country was the first to be hit by the virus, it was also the first major economy to gradually lift domestic …

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Beijing 2022: Politics, Covid and Public Perception

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean As China kicks off the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games with what is promised to be a “very different” opening ceremony from the one 14 years ago, the context under which the Winter Games are held also could not be more contrasting to that of the 2008 Summer Olympics. …

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Discussing the Diplomatic Boycotts of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean Join your host Alex Parsons, our Director of Intelligence, who is joined by our Asia-Pacific Analysts, Hans Horan and Aédán Mordecai, to discuss official delegates attendance at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Since Washington’s announcement of a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games early this …

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China-Taiwan: Persistent Tensions, Possible Flashpoints and Potential Implications

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean The past few days have seen tensions across the Taiwan Strait rise further as Beijing and Taipei marked their respective national days. China’s air force deployed a record number of warplanes into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ), while Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen again defended the island as a …

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Impact on US-China Relationship in conjunction with Covid-19 Origin Investigations

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean US President Joe Biden is expecting a 45-day update on a US investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. The investigation, led by the US intelligence services, is drawing widespread media attention, with scientists, political scientists and health experts weighing in on the polarising hypothesis of whether the …

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SUB: China – New Development Strategy Sets Lofty Economic Ambitions in the Face of Persistent Geopolitical Challenges

Key Takeaways  China’s lawmakers and top political advisors are set to formally adopt the new socio-economic development blueprint that has already been drafted and endorsed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at the annual plenary meetings in Beijing. The 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP) will guide development strategy and policy for the next five years, with …

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Sino-Australian Relations and the Risk of Arbitrary Detention in China

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean In this week’s podcast Sibylline’s Deputy Insight Manager Amy Reynolds is joined by Dr Guo Yu, Lead ASPAC Analyst, and Aédán Mordecai, Asia-Pacific Analyst. Together they analyse the consequences of Beijing charging Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei with supplying state secrets overseas. The former presenter of the Chinese state-run …

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