Embrace Pacific power role

Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 2-Jul-19

The new US ambassador to Australia, Arthur ­Culvahouse, says there would be no question of the US not coming to Australia’s aid if the latter was being threatened by a foreign power. Culvahouse says Australia has a lot of standing in the Pacific region, while he says he is confident that Prime Minister Scott Morrison will continue to "call out" bad behaviour by China when he sees it. Culvahouse says that while many Australians know that China is its biggest trading partner, not so many realise that the US is by a long way Australia’s biggest and most important economic partner.

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Ignore Trump tweetfest, says US envoy

Original article by Lisa Murray, Angus Grigg, Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 8 : 5-Dec-18

James Carouso, the acting US ambassador to Australia, has told a national security summit that relations between the two countries are still strong, including their military alliance. He added that Australian policymakers should look at the "facts on the ground" rather than unduly focusing on President Donald Trump’s tweets regarding alliances with countries such as Australia. Carouso also emphasised that the US remains committed to retaining a presence in the Asia-Pacific, noting that bilateral trade with the region has increased by 10 per cent under Trump.

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Indon FTA on track despite Israel uproar

Original article by Andrew Tillett, Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 18-Oct-18

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has downplayed concerns that a proposed free-trade agreement with Indonesia may be jeopardised by any change in Australia’s policy on Israel. According to media reports, Foreign Minister Marise Payne has been warned by her Indonesian counterpart that the nations’ bilateral relations would be damaged if Australia relocated its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Farmers are concerned that Australia’s live cattle exports to Muslim countries could be affected.

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Morrison risks Jakarta’s ire on Israel

Original article by Primrose Riordan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 17-Oct-18

The federal government has attracted criticism in Indonesia after Prime Minister Scott Morrison signalled that it may be open to relocating Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, the issue is not expected to affected negotiations for an Australia-Indonesia free-trade agreement unless the embassy is actually moved. Arab diplomats in Australia have criticised the federal government’s lack of consultation, but Jewish groups have welcomed the change in the Coalition’s policy regarding Israel.

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PM open to embassy in Jerusalem

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 16-Oct-18

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce closer defence relations with Israel in a foreign policy statement to be released on 16 October. He has also indicated that the federal government may consider relocating Australia’s embassy from Tel Aviv to West Jerusalem, adding that the issue has been raised in a meeting of cabinet’s national security committee. Morrison has stressed that the government’s stance on Israel is not linked to the by-election in the seat of Wentworth, which has a large Jewish community.

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China delivers trade warning amid strain on ties

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 19-Apr-18

Cheng Jingye, China’s ambassador to Australia, says relations between the two nation have become increasingly strained since mid-2017. The Federal Government’s proposed foreign interference laws have been a particular concern for China, even though no specific country has been identified as a target for the laws. Cheng has urged action to improve relations and mutual trust between the two nations, arguing that China presents a massive trade opportunity for Australia. He adds that failure to improve relations could have trade implications for Australia.

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Russians out: Canberra joins West’s Putin revolt

Original article by Simon Benson, Paul Maley
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 28-Mar-18

The Australian Government has expelled two diplomats from the Russian embassy in Canberra, in response to the nerve gas attack on double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England. The diplomats were both undeclared intelligence officers who are said to have been under surveillance by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. More than 100 Russian have now been expelled by 24 nations, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stating that the concerted response has sent a "clear and unequivocal message" to Russia in the wake of the assassination attempt. Russia continues to deny any involvement in the plot.

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Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov shot in Ankara

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CBS News – Page: online : 20-Dec-16

Andrey Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, is in hospital after being shot by a gunman who fired at least eight shots at the victim. The incident occurred at a photo exhibition in Ankara on 19 December 2016. The gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar" and "For Aleppo!" before being shot dead by the police.

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Race against time to wrap up China FTA

Original article by Rowan Callick
The Australian – Page: 17 : 20-Oct-14

Chinese President Xi Jinping will in November 2014 travel to Brisbane to attend the Group of 20 (G20) leaders’ summit. The Australian Government aims to finalise a free-trade agreement with China by that date, and insiders say that only six of the 20 issues in the document still require more talks. The Minister-Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Chinese embassy, Huang Rengang, says Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is correct in scaling back expectations for the nation to become "Asia’s food bowl". Huang also notes that trade between the two countries grew 19% year-on-year during the first three quarters of calendar 2014

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