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China urges Australia to safeguard Chinese citizens' safetyChina said on Thursday its advisories warning students and traveller about risks they could face in Australia are based on facts and called on Canberra to take measures to safeguard Chinese citizens'..
China tells students to consider whether to study in Australia or leaveChina's education ministry warned on Tuesday that Chinese students should consider whether to study in Australia, amid escalating tensions between Beijing and Canberra.
Australia says China unresponsive to its pleas to ease tensionsAustralia said on Monday China remains unresponsive to its weeks-long pleas to ease tensions between the two trading partners that escalated after Canberra called for an international enquiry into the..
Australia eases social distancing restrictions as economic recovery efforts intensifySeveral Australian states eased social distancing restrictions further on Monday, allowing restaurants to host more people and public attractions to reopen, as Canberra moves to revive the country's..
Australia to refocus international aid to health security on doorstepAustralia will divert A$280 million ($185.25 million) in overseas aid this year to bolster the response of its closest neighbours to the coronavirus pandemic, with Canberra warning the stability of the..
Chinese embassy says Australia claim of WHA vindication 'a joke'The Chinese Embassy in Australia said it was "nothing but a joke" for Australia to claim that a World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution that calls for an inquiry into the coronavirus was a vindication..
Australia says China suspension of beef imports not tied to call for COVID-19 inquiryChina decision to ban imports from four of Australia's largest beef processors was not a response to Canberra's call for independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19, Australia's Minister for Trade..
Australia sets plan to end most COVID-19 restrictions by JulyAustralia will ease social distancing restrictions in a three-step process, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as Canberra aims to remove most curbs by July and get nearly 1 million people..
Opening up, Australia maps out staged easing of COVID-19 curbsAustralia will ease social distancing restrictions in a three-step process, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as Canberra aims to remove all curbs by July and get nearly 1 million people..
China embassy accuses Australia of petty tricks in coronavirus disputeChina accused Australia of "petty tricks" on Wednesday in an intensifying dispute over Canberra's push for an international inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak that could affect diplomatic and..
Australia asks China to explain 'economic coercion' threat in coronavirus rowAustralia has asked the Chinese ambassador to explain his "threats of economic coercion" in response to Canberra's push for an international inquiry into the source and spread of the coronavirus.
Australia, China tensions rise over coronavirus inquiry callAustralia has asked the Chinese ambassador to explain what it called a threat of "economic coercion" in response to Canberra's push for an international inquiry into the source and spread of the..
Australia calls on G20 nations to end wet wildlife markets over coronavirus concernsAustralia has called on G20 nations to end wet wildlife markets over concerns they pose a threat to human health and agricultural markets, a move which could further strain ties with China after..
Australia urges probe into origins of coronavirus, France says not nowAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison sought support for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in phone calls with U.S. President Donald Trump and the German..
Australia says coronavirus restrictions to continue at least four more weeksAustralia will keep in place restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus for at least four more weeks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, despite signs that Canberra has..
Australia widens coronavirus testing as death toll risesAustralia will expand coronavirus testing, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday, as Canberra struggles to contain an outbreak that it said has killed nine people in the country.
Australia mulls second stimulus package as market slumps on coronavirus, sources sayAustralia is considering a second round of economic stimulus, three sources familiar with the deliberations told Reuters, as Canberra accelerated efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus that..
NZ fin min cancels Australia trip, will hold virus bilateral on Skype: mediaAustralia's and New Zealand's top finance lawmakers will hold a Skype call to discuss economic threats from the coronavirus, after New Zealand Finance Minister Grant Robertson canceled his trip to..
Coronavirus pandemic likely, Australia's prime minister saysAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday there was every sign the world is about to be gripped by a pandemic of coronavirus, as Canberra kicked off emergency measures to restrain the..
Australia to spend $726 million to upgrade strategic northern airbaseAustralia will spend A$1.1 billion ($725.9 million) to upgrade an airbase in the country's tropical north, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, a development that increases Canberra's military..
Bushfire smoke blows into Australia's capital as fire threat easesBushfires eased near Australia's capital, Canberra, on Monday, as temperatures dipped, but officials warned heavy smoke was set to blow into the city with a shift in the wind.
Australia's capital lifts state of emergency as fire threat subsidesWildfires that threatened Australia's capital, Canberra, over the weekend have been brought under control as containment lines held and hot and windy conditions eased, prompting authorities to lift a..
Australia's capital on fire alert as smoke and dust trigger health warningsAustralia's capital, Canberra, was on high alert on Sunday as bushfires burned nearby, while smoke and dust covered large parts of the country's east, prompting warnings from health authorities.
'A good firefighting day': Crews hold blazes back from Australia's capitalFirefighters kept wild blazes fueled by strong winds and soaring temperatures from reaching suburban areas of Australia's capital, Canberra, using airdrops of fire retardant to create a 2.5-kilometre..
Australia on standby for fire threat as heat, winds returnAustralian authorities warned on Friday of severe fire danger in densely populated areas this weekend, declaring a state of emergency in the capital, Canberra, as soaring temperatures and strong..
State of emergency declared as bushfire threatens Australian capitalAustralian officials declared a state of emergency for the capital city of Canberra and surrounding regions on Friday, as soaring temperatures and strong winds threatened to propel a large bushfire..
Australia evacuates parts of its capital as bushfire conditions returnResidents of the Australian capital Canberra were evacuated on Wednesday after a bushfire broke out near the airport as searing temperatures returned, ending a few days of respite, and the number of..
Dark smoke from Australia fires is circling the Earth, NASA saysEven in big cities such as Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, Australians who are accustomed to blue skies face an unprecedented problem.
Australian tennis tournament relocated due to bushfire threatA professional tennis tournament scheduled to take place in Canberra next week has been moved to the city of Bendigo because of the likelihood of disruption caused by smoke from the bushfires raging..
Australia must respect China if relations are to improve: Chinese envoyAustralia must abandon criticism of China and see the development of its largest trading partner as an opportunity if bilateral relations are to improve, Beijing's ambassador to Canberra said on..
Australia PM says allegation of China interference disturbingAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday that allegations in a media report that China had tried to install an agent in a parliamentary seat in Canberra were "deeply disturbing and..
Australia probes allegations China tried to plant spy in parliamentAustralia is investigating allegations that China tried to install an agent in a parliamentary seat in Canberra, the Australian Security Intelligence Organization said in a rare statement, adding it..
China says outspoken Australian lawmakers should repentTwo Australian lawmakers who were denied entry to China for a study tour because of their outspoken criticism of Beijing must "repent and redress their mistakes" if they want to visit the country,..
Australia's high court to hear Cardinal George Pell's appealAustralia's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell a last chance at getting his..
Australian trade minister arrives in China amid rising tensionsAustralia's Minister for Trade, Simon Birmingham, on Tuesday became the highest-ranking Australian official to visit China in a year, as Canberra attempts to ensure that cooling diplomatic relations do..
Australia says to hold China accountable on human rightsCanberra will hold China to account on issues such as human rights, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has said, insisting that staying quiet on sensitive issues is not in the national interest,..
Australian intelligence agency wants more resources to counter foreign interferenceAustralia's national intelligence agency said in a report published this week that it does not have enough resources to collect intelligence on potential foreign agents and their efforts to interfere..
Australia says asylum seekers from Sri Lanka risingThe number of Sri Lankans trying to enter Australia illegally by sea is rising, an Australian general said on Tuesday, a day after Canberra said it had intercepted a 13th boat carrying asylum seekers..
Australia intercepts Sri Lankan boat with 13 asylum seekers: governmentAustralia's military intercepted a Sri Lankan boat carrying 13 asylum-seekers last month, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said on Monday, as Canberra sought to defend the relocation of a Tamil..
Australia offers East Timor aid package on anniversaryAustralia will refurbish a naval base and help bring high-speed internet to the tiny Pacific nation of East Timor, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, the latest effort by Canberra to win..
Australian writer held for seven months in China faces espionage chargeA Chinese-born Australian writer held in China since January has been formally arrested on suspicion of espionage, the Australian and Chinese governments said on Tuesday, amid growing diplomatic..
Factbox: Foreigners held in China on national security groundsChina has arrested a Chinese-born Australian writer on suspicion of espionage, the Australian government said on Tuesday, as tension grows between Canberra and its largest trading partner.
Australian Prime Minister set to woo Pacific leaders at annual forumAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will on Wednesday arrive in Tuvalu, a tiny Pacific Island, to start wooing a region that Canberra fears is edging closer to China.
Beijing says progress on China-Australia ties 'unsatisfactory'The progress of repairing China-Australia ties, strained over Canberra's concerns about Chinese influence in its domestic affairs, has been "unsatisfactory," said China's top diplomat after meeting his..
Australia to create new Pacific military unit in bid to woo the regionAustralia will create a new military unit dedicated to training and assisting Pacific allies, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said on Tuesday, as Canberra accelerates plans to undercut Chinese..
Australia and PNG pledge closer ties as Canberra seeks to renew Pacific influenceAustralia and Papua New Guinea said on Monday their leaders will meet annually in a bid to foster closer ties, which Canberra believes is important in its bid to counter China's quest for greater..
Australia desperately seeking whereabouts of student in North KoreaAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday Canberra has yet to establish the whereabouts of an Australian man missing in North Korea for several days.
Australia says no word yet on student reported detained in North KoreaAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday Canberra has yet to establish the whereabouts of an Australian man missing in North Korea for several days.The family of Alek Sigley said on..
Canberra scrambles to verify reports Australian man held in North KoreaAustralia's foreign affairs department said on Thursday it was seeking urgent clarification of media reports that an Australian man who was reported missing by friends had been detained in North Korea.