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Recent articles by Bill:

Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen's landslide re-election a massive blow to Xi Jinping

China's Government has made little effort to conceal its dislike of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, and her landslide re-election is a massive blow to Xi Jinping, writes Bill Birtles. → Read More

Taiwan's Iron Cat Lady Tsai Ing-wen and her 'cute' campaign to keep the presidency

Taiwan goes to the polls today and looks set to re-elect Tsai Ing-wen. Her pet cat is front and centre of her campaign, but underneath the 'cute' style lies a much harder edge. → Read More

Communist China at 70 is strong, nationalistic and deeply insecure

About 70 years on from the poor, war-torn country that chairman Mao Zedong conquered, China is relatively rich and Communist rule more solidified than ever. But a younger generation appears less willing these days to fall into line. → Read More

Chinese Government hopes Hong Kong's 'silent majority' will bring pro-democracy protests to an end

With no easy options to bring the protests to an end, Beijing is appealing for all those who care about Hong Kong's future step up firmly to stop the violence and restore order. → Read More

Carrie Lam's backdown shocks Chinese but proves too little, too late for Hongkongers

Carrie Lam's backdown over an extradition amendment bill fails to please anyone, with Hong Kong protesters vowing to continue demonstrations until all their demands are met and mainland Chinese gobsmacked by what they see as a capitulation to terrorists. → Read More

Can't lead, can't quit: The predicament of Hong Kong's Chief Executive

Carrie Lam has finally revealed what many have suspected all along — that she's powerless to lead the Hong Kong Government response, writes Bill Birtles. → Read More

China's greatest weapon against Hong Kong's protests may be nationalist rage — and Jackie Chan

China has sent a huge military convoy to the border with Hong Kong, but conspiracy theories, propaganda and anger on the mainland may prove the most potent weapons against the protesters. → Read More

Hong Kong protesters are becoming paranoid as police plant undercover officers in their midst

Ugly scenes at Hong Kong Airport will be a test of how far some exhausted and increasingly paranoid protesters can push things before they erode the public's good will, writes Bill Birtles. → Read More

After Hong Kong protests, is Taiwan the next flashpoint in our region?

Beijing's pressure campaign and the pushback in Hong Kong is setting up an electrifying presidential election battle in Taiwan over the next five months. → Read More

Chinese tanks on the streets of Hong Kong? Beijing keeps its options open, as protests continue

As another weekend of potentially violent clashes in Hong Kong nears, many people in the semi-autonomous Chinese city and around the world are asking the same question: would China really send in the People's Liberation Army? → Read More

Hong Kong protests: Colourful 'Lennon Walls' become flashpoints of violence

As tensions in Hong Kong rise, a video of a young pro-independence protester taking multiple punches to the face has become a symbol of peaceful resistance to power. → Read More

'Don't be like Mack Horton': China's online outrage towards Australian in Sun Yang spat

Millions of people on Chinese social media are directing their fury at Australian swimmer Mack Horton after he refused to share a podium with Sun Yang after the Chinese swimmer beat him. → Read More

Federal Government hits out at China's decision to detain Australian citizen Yang Hengjun

Sydney-based writer and political commentator Yang Hengjun is now in a criminal detention centre after being moved from a surveillance centre just ahead of the deadline for authorities to either charge or release him. → Read More

Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing security grounds

A lawyer for a Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun detained in Beijing says it could be weeks before he's formally charged with national security offences. → Read More

Hong Kong's freedom generation was always going to rebel against its Chinese future

Growing up in a city without censorship, it's not surprising Hong Kong's younger generations haven't embraced a future under Chinese control, Bill Birtles writes. → Read More

Protesters storm parliamentary building, hang British colonial flag

There have been extraordinary scenes in Hong Kong overnight, after protestors s broke into and trashed the main parliamentary building. China has used heavy censorship to stop people on the mainland knowing about it. → Read More

Tensions rise as July 1 marks day Hong Kong was handed over to China

July 1 traditionally sees pro and anti-China protests in Hong Kong - as the city marks the day the former British colony was handed over to China. → Read More

Protest planned in Hong Kong today latest challenge to China's govt

Hundreds of thousands of people are planning to march in Hong Kong again today. For weeks, Hong Kong has been the scene of massive protests against an extradition bill. Tensions are still running high, with pro-Beijing demonstrators pushing back. → Read More

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un crossed the border together, but the Korean dictator is the real winner

In this game of diplomatic chess, President Trump and Chairman Kim are both making bold moves, but it's the youthful dictator who is proving to be the more astute player, writes Bill Birtles. → Read More

Shenzhen manufacturers hope Trump-Xi G20 meeting gets results

People in the Chinese city of Shenzhen are hoping today's meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will help bring the trade war closer to an end, with high tariffs already affecting most of the manufacturing hub's export products. → Read More