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Caught in the storm


Malcolm Cook

25 August 2009 12:35

The Lowy Institute itself has been caught by the Australia-China diplomatic storm blowing out of Beijing and, via The Australian, the problem of mixed messages that some see as bedevilling the bilateral relationship. Though, it seems to me the official messages being sent by Beijing are pretty clear and uncompromising: Australia is somehow to blame.

Yesterday, Michael Sainsbury again reported that the Lowy Institute and Caijing Magazine would be hosting a conference in Sydney next month. Today, Rowan Callick, in the same paper, reported that the planned conference has been called off due to sensitivities on the Chinese side. Alas, Rowan Callick is correct and Michael Sainsbury is wrong. Maybe next time Michael will check with either the Lowy Institute (or Caijing) before writing stories about us.

(It should be noted that Malcolm did not contact Michael Sainsbury either before writing this post. Ed.)

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