Nick O Malley on China

East China Sea: Tension over disputed islands increases

Philip Wen, Nick O'Malley When China marked out an expansive swathe of airspace above the East China Sea and effectively claimed it to be under its control, it was seen as an abrupt stepping up of an already tense territorial...

Summit to avoid 'inevitable' US-China tensions

China's President Xi Jinping

Nick O'Malley The so-called "shirt-sleeves" summit to begin between President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a glamorous estate in California on Friday will be the first of its kind in half...

China v US: the rise and fall of empire

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Nick O'Malley, Washington and John Garnaut, Beijing Late one afternoon in mid-February, China's president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, stood on the front verandah of Sarah Lande's home in Iowa.

War of words at UN over Russia's Crimea move

Vitaly Churkin

Nick O'Malley Russia has told the UN Security Council that it occupied Crimea at the request of the ousted Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, in order to protect civilians from armed extremists.

Ukraine crisis: 'G7' condemn Russia

A sign at a protest march in New York in support of peace in the Ukraine.

Nick O'Malley US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Tuesday as America tries to strengthen its response to the Russian occupation of the Crimean peninsula.

Get out of Ukraine, world leaders tell Russia

G7

Nick O'Malley, David Wroe The leaders of the world's top industrialised powers have turned on fellow G8 member Russia, condemning its ''clear'' violation of Ukraine's sovereignty after the invasion of the Crimean Peninsula.

Australia co-authors Syrian humanitarian aid plan

Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council will vote on Saturday on a resolution co-authored by Australia that seeks to extend humanitarian aide to millions of civilians caught up in the increasingly brutal...

UN adopts Australian call for humanitarian relief in Syria

The UN Security Council

Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution co-authored by Australia condemning the Syrian government for starving its citizens and demanding both warring parties allow...

President Obama clamps down on spying on leaders of US allies, scales back NSA program

Addressing privacy concerns ... US President Barack Obama speaks about the surveillance techniques used by the National Security Agency (NSA) and intelligence agencies in Washington, DC.

Nick O'Malley Washington: President Barack Obama announced a ban on US eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies on Friday, and rein in the vast collection of Americans' phone data in a series of...

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Julie Bishop welcomes US intelligence reforms, lashes Edward Snowden

Julie Bishop.

Nick O'Malley Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has at once welcomed reforms of American signals intelligence gathering announced by President Barack Obama and insisted that Australia’s current level of...

God's army

Book or Mormon

Nick O'Malley Nick O'Malley and Konrad Marshall meet the fresh-faced Mormon missionaries who may soon be knocking on your door.

Careful, he can hear you

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Nick O'Malley All week long as outrage over America's vast international surveillance operation flared around the globe - from Europe to the Middle East to Asia and the Pacific - the White House cooed...

Beijing tactic makes waves in disputed sea

Japan Coast Guard vessel PS206 Houou.

Philip Wen Beijing and Nick O'Malley When China marked out an expansive swath of airspace above the East China Sea and effectively claimed it as under its control, it was seen as an abrupt escalation of an already tense territorial...

Syrian crisis looms for Australia's Ambassador to the UN, Gary Quinlan

United Nations

Nick O'Malley As Australia prepares to chair its first meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday and the White House pursues military action against Syria, Australia's Ambassador to the UN, Gary...

UN Security Council stalled on Syria, says Australian president Gary Quinlan

The UN Security Council

Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council remains divided and stalled on the crisis in Syria, its Australian president, Gary Quinlan, conceded during a press conference earlier on Wednesday, and diplomatic...

UN at centre of frantic new diplomatic push on Syria

US President Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley The slim prospect of a diplomatic solution has suddenly placed the UN Security Council, currently led by Australia, at the centre of a frantic round of diplomacy.

US right up in arms over treaty

Arms

Nick O'Malley More than 65 countries have signed an arms trade treaty that has been championed by Australia at the United Nations since work began on it in 2006.

Hope high on low-key talks

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, meets with Xi Jinping, vice president of China, in the Oval Office of the White House.

Nick O'Malley The so-called ''shirt-sleeves'' summit to begin between US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a glamorous estate in California on Friday will be the first of its kind in...

'Shirtsleeves summit' warms relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Nick O'Malley At the start of their two-day meeting in California on Saturday, US President Barack Obama welcomed the ''continuing peaceful rise of China as a world power'' and Xi Jinping declared the ''Pacific...