Economics

The myth of Chinese money in Australia

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in Pearls and Irritations, a public affairs blog, on June 30 2020.

Fears amongst the Australian public of China buying up the country run deep. Opportunistic politicians and commentators have long shown a willingness to tap into this unease to boost their own following.

The trade dispute between Australia and China should be taken with a grain of barley

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ blog, Australian Outlook, on June 5 2020.

When Australian trade with China is disrupted, commentary quickly gravitates towards the frame of economic coercion. With such deeply intertwined trade relations, coercion is, in reality, only one possible cause.

Dynamics of Australia's LNG export performance: A modified constant market shares analysis

December

With continuous growth, the global LNG market is becoming increasingly competitive over time, and Australia is at the forefront. This paper makes the first attempt to analyse the dynamics of Australia's LNG export performance, using an improved Constant Market Share (CMS) model and UN Comtrade LNG trade data in four sub-periods spanning 1989 to 2017.

Reality check on finding new export markets: China's demand dwarfs the rest

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on May 28 2020.

Would China extend its boycott to Australian resources and energy?

December

By Xunpeng Shi

Note: This article appeared in the Asia & the Pacific Policy Society’s blog, Policy Forum, on May 25 2020. It has been lightly edited for clarity.

Bashing business won't change our China trade reality

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in the print edition of The Australian Financial Review on May 21 2020. It also appeared online on May 20 2020.

Australian business leaders talking up the benefits of economic engagement with China have been copping a belting.

COVID-19 and the Australia-China relationship’s zombie economic idea

December

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Quantification of fresh water consumption and scarcity footprints of hydrogen from water electrolysis: A methodology framework

December

Australia aims to be a major global player in the hydrogen market by 2030. Hydrogen exports – particularly to East Asian economies such as China – are expected to substitute coal and natural gas exports, thereby sustaining the Australian economy. Using a comprehensive new methodology, the authors estimate the respective life-cycle water consumption of three hydrogen production technologies – grid electricity, solar and wind powered  – as well as the distribution of water consumption across Australia, China and the rest of the world.

What the oil crash means for Australian exports

December

By Xunpeng Shi

Note: This article appeared in the Asia & the Pacific Policy Society’s blog, Policy Forum, on March 16 2020.