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Peter Hartcher is political editor and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Australia’s complacency, not racism, led to India ban
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Australia’s complacency, not racism, led to India ban

There was no malice in the Morrison government’s handling of the India ban, just ham-fistedness.

  • by Peter Hartcher

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The politics of standing up to Xi’s China
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The politics of standing up to Xi’s China

China’s intention to take Taiwan - by force if necessary - is clear. But the Morrison government needs to watch its language. Election campaigns are not ideal showcases for subtlety and restraint.

  • by Peter Hartcher
If Afghanistan was bad enough, let’s not countenance a war with China
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If Afghanistan was bad enough, let’s not countenance a war with China

As the US shifts its military might from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific, our Defence Minister says nobody wants to see conflict between China and Taiwan, but he warns: “I don’t think it should be discounted.”

  • by Peter Hartcher
The world is cooling to Morrison’s Australia
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The world is cooling to Morrison’s Australia

While leading nations doubled their ambitions to cut carbon emissions, Scott Morrison delivered a message of Australian timidity and complacency. It will cost us diplomatically – and economically.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Japan should join Five Eyes intelligence network, says ambassador
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Japan should join Five Eyes intelligence network, says ambassador

The idea of Japan becoming the “sixth eye” in the post-war spy network with Australia, the United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand is gaining traction.

  • by Peter Hartcher
If push comes to shove with China, Biden meeting may be marked as the moment Tokyo chose sides
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If push comes to shove with China, Biden meeting may be marked as the moment Tokyo chose sides

The first leader Joe Biden welcomed to a face-to-face meeting at the White House was Japan’s Prime Minister.

  • by Peter Hartcher
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A legacy of credibility and rigour sacred to our democracy

A legacy of credibility and rigour sacred to our democracy

‘Legacy media’ isn’t the paper the Herald is printed on, nor the device on which you might read it, but a commitment to principles which have guided it for 190 years.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Too-great expectations: Morrison’s masterstroke of political mismanagement
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Too-great expectations: Morrison’s masterstroke of political mismanagement

Just a few months ago the Prime Minister looked politically impregnable with the success of the pandemic response. Now, having set high expectations on the vaccine rollout - which he has had to dash - he’s starting to look politically indefensible.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Trump’s example playing out in Asia, the world has to intervene
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Trump’s example playing out in Asia, the world has to intervene

Like Trump, they declared a free and fair election to be a fraud.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Fraud, force and genocide: An extraordinary day in the annals of Australia’s national life
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Fraud, force and genocide: An extraordinary day in the annals of Australia’s national life

Chinese ambassador Cheng Jingye subjected the Australian reporters to a two-hour exercise in authoritarian propaganda.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Australia paid a high price for unsatisfying report into global tragedy
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Australia paid a high price for unsatisfying report into global tragedy

China’s stonewalling ensured the international inquiry into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic did not reach any definitive conclusions.

  • by Peter Hartcher