Australia's tilt on China: An update
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.
Since this time, the messages sent on the bilateral relationship have been mixed..
Seven steps to tame fears over China
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
Australia and the Belt and Road Initiative: An overview
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
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?
Foreign Policy White Paper: Faulty road map in a GPS world
China in Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper
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:
Chinese students in Australia: A critical examination of recent media coverage
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
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).