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Australia has a secret China Unit


After years of policy confusion, a high-powered task force has been quietly pulling the China threads together in the federal bureaucracy. Canberra‘s leading mandarins have formed a secret task force to cope with the unprecedented challenges of rising China. The Committee of Secretaries on China was formed by a cabinet decision of December 2010 following … Continue reading

Australia fears having to choose between China and US


Australia does not want to be put in the position where it has to choose between the US and China, the new head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has declared. In his first major public speech since taking over as DFAT secretary, Peter Varghese said: “The challenge for all of us is … Continue reading

Alleged Australian spy “Prisoner X” was deserted in Israeli jail


The Melbourne man dubbed ”Prisoner X” received no consular assistance from Australian officials despite the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade having been told of his detention by Israeli authorities nearly 10 months before he killed himself in jail. And Australia’s forgiving response to Israel’s failure to formally advise that it had jailed dual-citizen Ben … Continue reading

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