Trade

Economic diplomacy: Diversification is hard to do
Economic diplomacy: Diversification is hard to do
Catching up It is now 25 years since then World Bank senior vice-president and chief economist Joseph Stiglitz remarkably turned on his employer to set out a roadmap for …
How will China’s punitive trade restrictions against Australia end?
How will China’s punitive trade restrictions against Australia end?
Recent reports of an imminent meeting between Australia’s and China’s trade ministers have raised hopes of progress toward the removal of the trade restrictions that China imposed…
Crossing the carbon border
Crossing the carbon border
In 2023, climate rules in international trade become real. With the introduction of the European Union’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), trade rules based on the…
To unchain Indonesia’s commodity reliance
To unchain Indonesia’s commodity reliance
Indonesia’s dependence on commodity wealth has been a prominent feature in its economy. The archipelago’s abundance of minerals and agriculture resources coupled with poor local…
Economic diplomacy: From pollie crises to polycrisis
Economic diplomacy: From pollie crises to polycrisis
Words of the year are already flowing freely with teal taking the prize at the Macquarie Dictionary to reflect the challenge being posed to Australia’s major political parties by…
2022: A global turning point
2022: A global turning point
Tectonic shifts in world affairs are underway as 2022 draws to a close. With the Ukraine war drawing a line under the familiar post-Cold War period, the world has entered a…
Economic diplomacy: Charging up old ties with Jakarta
Economic diplomacy: Charging up old ties with Jakarta
Mining mates The lexicon of strained language to accommodate the endlessly complicated relationship between Indonesia and Australia is coalescing around a new phrase for…
Putting food at the heart of China-Indonesia relations
Putting food at the heart of China-Indonesia relations
As regional leaders gathered for the ASEAN summit in Cambodia last week, a sideline meeting also took place with China. For all the talk about regional rivalries amid growing…
Countdown to Asia’s summit season
Countdown to Asia’s summit season
After two years of Covid-19 hiatus, Asia’s “summit season” is back. This year the G20 meeting of top global economies will also be hosted in Asia, as well as the Association of…
Economic diplomacy: Searching for APEC
Economic diplomacy: Searching for APEC
A new horse in the regional race It is hard to begrudge an ageing father opting for his daughter’s wedding over a leaders’ summit which has lost its early lustre. But Joe Biden…