Book review: Follow two spy sisters in this Cold War-era thriller | Entertainment

By DAVID ARNDT FOR THE FREE LANCE–STAR Vera and Marya are sisters in Soviet Russia, taught by their father during their childhood to admire the Communist ideal. Marya, the younger of the siblings, respects her father’s beliefs, and sets down a path to become a talented linguist for the Communist party. Vera, on the other … Read more

Chinese Ambassador to Canberra blames Australian media for ‘harming relationship’ between two countries

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian has levelled blame for the worsening ties between Canberra and Beijing on the domestic media. In his first major address in Australia since becoming Beijing’s top diplomat in Canberra, Mr Xiao reiterated China’s recent demands on the Albanese Government to repair relations between the two countries. The Ambassador also … Read more

LIVE: Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian delivers address to Australia's National Press Club | ABC News – ABC News (Australia)

LIVE: Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian delivers address to Australia’s National Press Club | ABC News  ABC News (Australia) Chinese ambassador to address Australia  The Examiner Live updates: China’s ambassador to Australia to address National Press Club  ABC News View Full coverage on Google News

China’s constant criticism amid Taiwan tensions cannot be avoided, acting PM says

The acting Prime Minister insists there is little the federal government can do to ward off constant Chinese criticism of Australia, as Beijing lashes out against international condemnation of its military drills in the Taiwan Strait. Key points: Richard Marles says a more diplomatic approach with China may do nothing to improve relations China has … Read more

'China has been preparing for many years to invade Taiwan' | The World – ABC News (Australia)

‘China has been preparing for many years to invade Taiwan’ | The World  ABC News (Australia) Penny Wong urges calm after China criticises response to aggression in Taiwan Strait  Sky News Australia China ripples felt as far as Europe  Mandurah Mail View Full coverage on Google News

80 years since the sinking of HMAS Canberra

Tuesday 9 August 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Canberra, after being severely damaged in a surprise attack by a powerful Japanese naval force. 83 crew members lost their lives as a result.  The Australian War Memorial is set to hold a special Last Post Ceremony to commemorate the event.  Dr … Read more

Beijing to continue routine drills in Taiwan Strait's east, commentators say | ABC News – ABC News (Australia)

Beijing to continue routine drills in Taiwan Strait’s east, commentators say | ABC News  ABC News (Australia) ‘Completely over the top’: Dutton warns of conflict amid China military drills  Sky News Australia ‘Over the top’: Strategic analyst on China’s military display in Taiwan | ABC News  ABC News (Australia) View Full coverage on Google News

China's embassy in Canberra warns Australia against getting involved | ABC News – ABC News (Australia)

China’s embassy in Canberra warns Australia against getting involved | ABC News  ABC News (Australia) Penny Wong calls for ‘restraint and calm’ as China-Australia relations strain over Taiwan  SBS News Wong slammed for ‘finger-pointing’ in China’s response to Pelosi trip  Sky News Australia ‘Over the top’: Strategic analyst on China’s military display in Taiwan | ABC News  ABC News … Read more

China Extends Military Exercises Around Taiwan – NBC New York

China said Monday it was extending threatening military exercises surrounding Taiwan that have disrupted shipping and air traffic and substantially raised concerns about the potential for conflict in a region crucial to global trade. The exercises would include anti-submarine drills, apparently targeting U.S. support for Taiwan in the event of a potential Chinese invasion, according … Read more