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Tony Walker

Tony Walker

Adjunct Professor, School of Communications, La Trobe University

The Australian Financial Review: International Editor (2010-2016), Washington correspondent (2004-2010), Political Editor (2000-2004), Financial Times: Middle East correspondent (1984-1993), Beijing bureau chief (1993-1998), North American correspondent 1998-2000. Publications include Arafat: The Biography (Virgin Books 2004) and The Thomson Five: A golfing legend's greatest triumphs (Melbourne University Press 2016). Graduate Australian National University BA.(1968) Dual Walkley award winner for commentary (2003 and 2007). Paul Lyneham Award Excellence Press Gallery journalism (2003).

China Crisis Series

Xi Jinping sends message to US on China's rising power in Boao address

Apr 23, 2021 12:11 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Chinese President Xi Jinpings muscular speech to the Boao Forum Asia annual conference was clearly designed to send a signal to the United States that China regarded the change of administration as an opportunity for a...

Global Geopolitics Series

Dan Tehan's daunting new role: restoring trade with China in a hostile political environment

Jan 19, 2021 04:42 am UTC| Politics

The new trade minister, Dan Tehan, has been handed one of the Morrison governments most demanding roles. Despite a lot of chest-thumping in government circles about the need to stand up to Chinese bullying, Tehans task...

Global Geopolitics Series

Israel's proposed annexation of the West Bank could bring a 'diplomatic tsunami'

Jul 02, 2020 15:56 pm UTC| Politics

In a deadly game of Middle East cat and mouse, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is continuing to weigh his options in pushing ahead with plans to extend Israeli sovereignty over territories occupied by Israel in...

Global Geopolitics Series

Beware the 'cauldron of paranoia' as China and the US slide towards a new kind of cold war

May 26, 2020 08:47 am UTC| Insights & Views

In September 2005, before an audience of some of the most powerful business figures in the United States, then US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick unveiled his responsible stakeholder formula for Chinas global...

Netanyahu set to survive another knife-edge Israeli election

Mar 04, 2020 03:46 am UTC| Politics

Benjamin Netanyahu may well have survived to fight another day as Israels prime minister after a third knife-edge election in less than a year. However, it could be days, or even weeks, before a new Israeli government...

Global Geopolitics Series

Sanctions, a failing economy and coronavirus may cause Iran to change its involvement in Syria

Mar 01, 2020 12:54 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Irans emergence as a hot zone for the coronavirus further complicates that countrys relationships with its neighbours at a time when its economy is sliding deeper into recession. US President Donald Trumps maximum...

US under Trump Series

Why the global battle over Huawei could prove more disruptive than Trump's trade war with China

Feb 19, 2020 01:51 am UTC| Insights & Views

Chinas ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, let the cat out of the bag this week when he lambasted Canberra over its decision to exclude Huawei from the build-out of Australias 5G network. In uncharacteristically...

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Economy

Enjoy Technology founded by former Apple exec Ron Johnson files for bankruptcy just months after IPO

Enjoy Technology, a retail tech firm co-founded by former Apple executives Ron Johnson and Tom Suiter in 2014, has filed for bankruptcy protection just eight months after it went public. The company offers to sell stock to...

Kraft Heinz withdraws products from Tesco stores over pricing feud

Kraft Heinz has halted its product deliveries to Tesco stores in the United Kingdom due to a conflict on pricing. The American multinational food company pulled out its goods from the shelves of the British general...

Hyundai Motor to form new American enterprise in Delaware

Hyundai Motor Group is forming a new corporate body in the United States, and it will be set up in the state of Delaware. The decision comes after the company made a $10.5 billion investment pledge that was announced when...

Shinhan Financial Group’s CEO acquitted of corruption charges, extends term as chief

Shinhan Financial Groups chairman and chief executive officer, Cho Yong Byoung, has been cleared by the Supreme Court of corruption charges. He was accused of the said crime in connection with the companys employee hiring...

LG, SM Entertainment team up to launch home fitness service with Kpop dance content

LG Electronics and SM Entertainment have joined forces to set up a home fitness service targeting the global market by adding Kpop dance content. With the announcement of their collaboration, the companies are also aiming...

Politics

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes communion at papal Mass in rebuke to US bishops

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was under scrutiny by the church in her home city of San Francisco over her support for abortion. Despite a bar from taking communion in her local church, Pelosi was seen accepting communion...

Afghanistan: Religious, ethnic leaders address girls' education during national gathering

Religious and ethnic leaders in Afghanistan all came together this week in the national unity gathering organized by the Taliban. During the event, the issue of girls education was addressed despite having no women in...

Joe Biden voices support for overriding Senate filibuster to codify abortion rights

Following the ruling of the US Supreme Court overturning the landmark abortion rights decision, Congress is facing growing calls to codify abortion rights into law. President Joe Biden, during the NATO summit, expressed...

North Korea rejects US humanitarian assistance, says offer is 'foolish' and politically-motivated

North Korea has rejected another gesture by the United States, questioning Washingtons reasons behind offering humanitarian aid amidst a COVID-19 outbreak in the isolated nation. Pyongyang dismissed the offer, saying it...

Science

New S. Korean technology repairs car scratches through sunlight exposure

The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology has developed a new self-healing coating material that repairs car surface scratches through sunlight exposure. To change their chemical properties and make high...

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

Technology

EA unveils ‘Skate 4’ ‘pre-pre-pre-alpha’ gameplay trailer

Skate 4 was announced nearly two years ago, but fans might still have to wait a long time before the game is released. EA and developer Full Circle released the latest trailer for the game, but it is not the usual teaser...

MacBook Air with M2 chip could arrive in stores in mid-July

The retail launch of the redesigned MacBook Air is reportedly close, with new information claiming that Apple fans will soon be able to pre-order the device. It appears that the tech giant is on track to release the new...

‘God of War: Ragnarok’ producer tells fans game is not delayed

Fans appear to be getting more impatient with the lack of updates and new teasers for God of War: Ragnarok. While Santa Monica Studio has yet to release new information, the game producer Cory Barlog assured fans that it...

Apple to implement legally-mandated external payment options in S. Korea

US tech giant Apple Inc. will allow alternative payment options for apps sold in South Korea in compliance with a law that bans app store operators from forcing their in-app payment systems. Developers whose apps a...

Samsung becomes first to mass-produce 3-nanometer nodes beating TSMC

South Koreas Samsung Electronics beat Taiwans TSMC in becoming the worlds first chipmaker to begin mass production of 3-nanometer process nodes. Both TSMC and Intel, which have made significant investments in the...
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