Asia

Bishop 'one of closest to Indonesia'

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Indonesian Foreign Ministry refutes idea communication has diminished with recent tensions.

Hockey signs up to AIIB

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Australia becomes a formal member of the $US100bn Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Australia to join AIIB

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Australia to become founding member and sixth-largest shareholder in China-led bank.

Bishop gives no detail on boat claims

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Foreign Minister tells Indonesia that Australia has always acted within the law.

Boat officials acted lawfully: Abbott

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PM says government's Operation Sovereign Borders adhered to Australian law.

Clinton's blow to trade pact

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Hillary Clinton appears to have delivered the coup de grace to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Arrests in HK as police seize explosives

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Police arrest nine after explosives found in former TV studio.

US House blocks Obama trade agenda

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Presidents quest for fast-track authority comes up well short in lower house.

Abbott under fire over boat cash claim

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Indonesian government slams PM's comments on claims of payment.

Bishop warns on South China Sea

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Aust FM downplays China, US conflict risk but says Beijing should not declare air defence zone.

No Indon minister at terror summit

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Indonesia to send ambassador to discussions amid continued tensions after Bali Nine executions.

Why a strong Japan-Australia relationship matters

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The Japan-Australia strategic partnership is about more than simply defending the parochial national interests of both countries.

Flight exercises to test China waters

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The Abbott government is actively considering conducting its own 'freedom of navigation' exercises in the South China Sea.

China defends 'island building'

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Senior naval commander claims new islands beneficial to region, well within its sovereignty.

Andrews urges South China Sea code

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Defence Minister urges China, South East Asian countries to sign code of conduct.

China's AIIB gambit trips up major players

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The US and Japan lost face, Europe lost an opportunity to win more concessions and China may have got more than it bargained for.

Australia's dependence on China just went up a notch

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The Treasurer's confidence in China's growth trajectory is on the money.

Will US B-1 bombers damage Sino-Australian relations?

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Canberra should be confident that a larger US military presence in Australia will not seriously damage our ties with our most important trading partner.

Taiwan calls for 'sharing' in South China Sea

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Taipei says resources sharing is the best way to resolve ongoing tensions.

China unveils new defence strategy

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Beijing white paper shifts naval focus from offshore defence to 'open seas protection'.

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