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The global political climate has continued to change this past week. United States President Donald Trump is now being subjected to impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives. The People’s Republic of China is celebrating 70 years of the nation’s founding under Communist rule.

Australia and New Zealand have been at the centre of both these major international stories. The Chinese embassy in New Zealand held a reception celebrating the nation’s communist beginnings with senior NZ national government politicians and bureaucrats in attendance.

It has been reported by the New York Times that Donald Trump, in a phone call with Scott Morrison, asked for intelligence to be passed onto US Attorney-General Bill Barr. This related to former Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Alexander Downer’s conversation with Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos in 2016 where he said Russia had Hillary Clinton’s emails. This was a month before Wikileaks published them.

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Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry’s Origins – NY Times
On the anniversary of the CCP seizing power – Croaking Cassandra
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defends climate activist Greta Thunberg – NZ Herald
Scott Morrison does not want kids to have ‘anxieties’ about climate change – ABC News

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