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East Asia Forum

Taliban takeover is bad news for China

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of Afghanistan's Taliban, in Tianjin, China 28 July 2021 (Photo: Li Ran/Xinhua/Reuters).

Author: Michael Clarke, UTS and ANU The withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan has prompted much breathless commentary, including on the implications for China’s role in the region. But despite predictions of sweeping geopolitical gains, China will be observing…

Making Chinese IPOs a bit more private

Alibaba Group co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma attends the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, China, 17 September 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Aly Song).

Author: Juan Du, University of Sydney The responses of Chinese regulators to initial public offerings (IPOs) by the country’s homegrown tech companies have made headlines beyond financial markets. With memories of the paused IPO and anti-trust investigations into Jack Ma’s…