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The bad blood between Australia & China is over



Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bali

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has met with his Chinese counterpart in what is being described as a “positive” encounter.

Albanese told Xi Australia wants to work with China, in the interests of both countries and regional peace.

“Very constructive … a warm discussion”.

anthony albanese speaking after the meet

It follows a tumultuous time between the two nations regarding a number of issues, including trade agreements, the origins of Covid-19 and reports of Beijing’s human rights violations.

The Australian PM refused to ignore his countries previous complaints with Beijing on these fronts.

On China’s trade embargo on Australia, Albanese explained this meeting was never meant for finding a resolution.

“If people thought that would happen (today) then that’s not realistic…

We put forward our position and he said that we have highly complimentary economies, so we used similar language.”

anthony albanese speaking after the meet

The meeting spanned 32 minutes as the G20 summit continues in Indonesia.

China’s president has refused to have a formal meeting with an Australian leader since Malcolm Turnbull in 2016.

Malcolm Turnbull and Xi Jinping in 2016
Credit: Reuters

The Australia-China relationship may be putting their differences aside, as they look to a more prosperous future, in the best interest of both nations.

During the previous Morrison government in Australia, relations had soured. However, Xi is now sounding much more optimistic about the country down under.

“In the past few years, China-Australia relations have encountered some difficulties, which we didn’t want to see, because both China and Australia are important countries in the Asia-Pacific region…

We should improve, maintain and develop the relations between the two countries, which is in the fundamental interests of the two peoples and conducive to promoting the development of peace in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.”

xi jinping before the meet

Ukraine war

When it came to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Albanese encouraged Xi use his relationship to influence Russia when it comes to nuclear weapons.

“Specifically about Russia’s threat to use tactical nuclear weapons…

I noted that China had called that out and that is a good thing.”

anthony albanese speaking after the meet

Human rights violations

Australia has long condemned China when it comes to allegations of human rights abuses within the country, particularly against the Uyghur population.

The Australian leader “put forward the differences we have on human rights issues” specifically regarding detained Australian journalist Cheng Lei.

Albanese also reaffirmed Australia’s stance on Taiwan and worsening climate change too.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.


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Many are surprised by exactly how much it costs to raise a Kardashian-West child. For some, it far exceeds what they would earn in an entire year, but Kanye West coughs up $200,000 per month in child support.

Child support is to ensure the children’s lives are not disrupted by separation. Perhaps, this figure is to keep up with their lavish lifestyles. The amount was finalised as part of Kardashian and West’s divorce settlement.

It’s also been confirmed both West and Kardashian will have equal access to their four children. In addition to this costly monthly pay, West is responsible for paying 50% of the children’s educational and security expenses.

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Wife killer Chris Dawson receives 24 years behind bars



Chris Dawson will serve 24 years behind bars for murdering his wife nearly 40 years ago

Former school teacher, Chris Dawson has maintained his innocence as he was sentenced to 24 years behind bars for the 1982 murder of his then-wife Lynette.

The 74-year-old was found guilty of murdering Dawson to continue a relationship with his high school babysitter.

In the New South Wales Supreme Court, Justice Ian Harrison says Lynette Dawson was “faultless” and “undeserving of her fate”.

Harrison described the murder as an “objectively very serious crime”.

Meanwhile, her family has previously the court Dawson is a “conniving monster”.

Dawson will be eligible for parole after 18 years when he will be 92.

His legal team argued there was an explanation for her disappearance, after she learned of his actions with the family’s teenage babysitter, JC, who he married.

The former rugby league player did not give evidence.

He claimed his wife called him after failing to arrive for a meeting in January 1982.

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Police given power to use killer robots



San Francisco officials have voted in favour of rolling out potentially lethal robots in some situations

Police robots could be hitting San Francisco streets after lawmakers approved the use of robots, which could “incapacitate or disorient violent, armed, or dangerous suspect[s]”.

The two-hour debate finished with an 8-3 ruling to deploy the robots, which are equipped with explosive charges in some cases.

San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) spokesperson, Allison Maxie said the robots will be used when lives are at stake.

“Robots equipped in this manner would only be used in extreme circumstances to save or prevent further loss of innocent lives.”

Officials expressed concern over civil liberties and the scope for police oversight when these robots are deployed.

Supervisor Connie Chan said “it’s definitely not an easy discussion.”

Ms Chan is a member of the committee, who pushed the proposal to the board for debate.

SFPD said it is not planning to arm the robots with guns. However, the robots will be able to kill “when risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and officers cannot subdue the threat after using alternative force options or de-escalation tactics.”

The proposal was changed to clarify officers could only use the robots after other strategies and de-escalation tactics had be tried.

San Francisco law enforcement agencies use a range of robots to detect bombs and help authorities in situations with low visibility.

The nearby Oakland Police Department has parted ways with a similar policy after widespread public backlash.

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