Foreign affairs

Australia's tilt on China: An update

December

In July 2017 the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) published the fact sheet ‘Australia’s tilt on China’, which details Australian government representatives’ statements on China and the Australia-China relationship in the first half of the year.[1]

Since this time, the messages sent on the bilateral relationship have been mixed..

Seven steps to tame fears over China

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in The Australian on December 12 2017.

Sooner or later Canberra is going to decide to reset its relationship with Beijing. In one year, or in five. Here are seven things that can make it possible.

Turnbull's blowhard China policy will cost us in the long run

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Australian Financial Review on December 10 2017.

Australia and the Belt and Road Initiative: An overview

December

There was only one direct mention of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper, released on November 23, and it signalled the Australian Government would continue its cautious approach toward the initiative.

Media coverage of Chinese students in Australia

December

Chinese students in Australia have been a focus of media attention in 2017.

‘In recent months we’ve seen denunciations of Australian university lecturers who have offended Beijing’s patriotic sensibilities.

‘Racial chauvinism is only one of the challenges that Beijing is exporting to universities.’1

‘Chinese students at universities in Australia have their professors walking on eggshells.

Foreign policy: Rising China as rule-taker or rule-maker?

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in the Australian Institute of International Affairs' blog, Australian Outlook, on November 29 2017.

Foreign Policy White Paper: Faulty road map in a GPS world

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in The Australian on November 24 2017.

While the Australian government’s Foreign Policy White Paper was at the printers, it was being overtaken by events.

China in Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper

December

On November 23 Australia released its first Foreign Policy White Paper in 14 years. Developed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the 2017 paper enjoys broad bipartisan support. Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong, writing in The Australian, stated:[1]

Chinese students in Australia: A critical examination of recent media coverage

December

There are currently 131,355 Chinese citizens studying at more than 30 Australian universities. This year the economic and cultural contributions these students make to Australian society have been overshadowed by media coverage of protests directed at Australian academics. To date there have been four reported incidents involving Chinese students, at Monash University, the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle respectively. 

Australia's fear over China's Belt and Road

December

By James Laurenceson, Simone van Nieuwenhuizen and Elena Collinson

Note: This article appeared in The Diplomat on November 16 2017.

China may be Australia’s largest trading partner by far, and an increasingly important source of investment. But Canberra remains conflicted in how to respond to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).