SYDNEY, Australia — In a gold-curtained meeting room in Sydney, the Chinese consul general appealed to a closed-door gathering of about 100 people, all of them Australian residents and citizens of Chinese ancestry. He called on the group to help shape public opinion during a coming visit of China’s prime minister, Li Keqiang, in part by reporting critics to the consulate. Rallies in support of China should be coordinated, he suggested, and large banners should be unfurled to block images of protests against Beijing. “We are not troops, but this task is a bit like the nature of troops,” said the diplomat, Gu Xiaojie, according to a recording of the session in the consulate obtained by The New York Times and verified by a person who was in the room. “This is a war,” he added, “with lots of battles.” The previously unreported meeting in March 2017 is an example of how the Chinese government directly — and often secretly — engages … [Read more...] about Australia’s China Challenge
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MELBOURNE, Australia — Just two months ago, Australia seemed destined for what the country’s commentariat calls a “Tampa” election. That’s local shorthand for a campaign characterized by race baiting and scare tactics about refugees — a term derived from the 2001 election a few months after the government of Prime Minister John Howard ordered special forces to board a Norwegian freight ship called the MV Tampa, carrying more than 400 rescued refugees, to prevent it from reaching Australia. A new law that allows refugees on Nauru and Manus Island to come to Australia for necessary medical treatment promised to put refugees front and center in the upcoming general election, scheduled for May 18. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his coalition government saw this legislation passed against their will. They had railed against it, warning that the law would allow “rapists” and “pedophiles” into Australia. An opinion poll around … [Read more...] about Is This the End of the Line for Nationalism in Australia?
These are the latest high-tech gadgets that were today being showcased to police and counter-terror experts tasked with guarding Britain's skies from drone threats. Guns, drones and telescopes were among the items on display at the Olympia in Kensington, West London, this afternoon. Weapons lined up for inspection included a Glock 19 handgun and a SIG MCX rifle, the barrel of which can be changed in a matter of seconds to alter the gun's length. Surveillance devices sat alongside Kevlar bullet-proof vests and an Aartos drone detection truck at the annual Security and Counter-Terror Expo. The event, which closes tomorrow, also touches on the latest technology and methods in cyber and border security as well as policing. Following the 165 sightings of drones near UK airfields since 2010, antenna and computers used to detect the small aircraft were also on display today. It comes after drone disruption hit 1,000 flights and 140,000 flyers at Gatwick airport in … [Read more...] about Security experts browse latest gadgets at counter-terror expo
Editor's note: This is the last of an 18-chapter profile of Sen. John McCain, portions of which originally were published in October 1999 and March 2007. It has been updated and expanded. Read more about this project: John McCain’s American Story. “He’s not a war hero. He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK? I hate to tell you." About John McCain Born: Aug. 26, 1936. Birthplace: Panama Canal Zone. Resides: Phoenix. Party: Republican. Current office: U.S. senator. Wife: Cindy L. Hensley. Family: 7 children. Political experience: U.S. Senate, 1986-present; presidential candidate, 2000 and 2008; U.S. House of Representatives, 1982-1986. The speaker disparaging Sen. John McCain's Vietnam War record was not one of the Arizona Republican's far-right critics, who had for years tried to smear him over the five years he spent as a prisoner of war. It was Donald Trump, addressing the July … [Read more...] about John McCain wins 6th Arizona Senate term, reclaims ‘maverick’ label
President Donald Trump praised Rep. Martha McSally Monday, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the hotly contested U.S. Senate seat in Arizona. "I've gotten to know her very well, and she is terrific," Trump said of McSally, after touting her resume as an Air Force veteran. McSally was one of six congressional members at Fort Drum in upstate New York with Trump to witness his signing of the national defense authorization act, this year named after ailing U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona. McCain's Capitol Hill colleagues named the Pentagon legislation in his honor as he fights a deadly form of brain cancer at his family's retreat near Sedona. He is a six-term senator, former prisoner of war, GOP presidential nominee and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In a statement Monday, McCain said he was proud the legislation would give American service members the resources they need. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn … [Read more...] about At defense bill signing, Donald Trump praises Martha McSally, but not John McCain