Economics

Roundtable: Australia-China energy policy

December

Australia is the world’s largest coal and LNG exporter and China is Australia’s largest trading partner. What happens in China’s energy sector will have profound impact on Australia’s exports and economy.

In December 2017, China launched a three-year plan to host the world’s largest emissions trading scheme (ETS). China’s ETS highlights the nation’s urgency for energy transition and climate change. Coal accounts for approximately 60 percent of China’s primary energy supply and natural gas accounts for only eight percent of that.


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December
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Small grey rhinos: understanding Australia’s economic dependence on China

December

Executive Summary

Australia lives with an acute ‘fear of abandonment’.

In security terms this fear has underpinned Australian foreign policy settings for decades. Recently, doubts about the reliability of the United States as Australia’s security guarantor have sent Australian government ministers on a mission to convince America that ongoing – and expanded – engagement with Australia’s neighbourhood is in its own interests.

Competition in the Asia Pacific gas market heats up

December

Note: This article appeared in East Asia Forum on May 11 2019.

Australia and the Belt and Road Initiative

December

Note: This text formed the basis for remarks delivered by James Laurenceson at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, April 25 2019.

As Australia’s only think-tank devoted to studying the Australia-China relationship, the University of Technology Sydney’s Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) has followed China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) closely.

Australia could be the big loser in a US-China trade deal, not that Donald Trump seems to care

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in the South China Morning Post on April 11 2018.

China-Australia LNG trade in the context of the China-US trade war

December

1. In November 2018 Australia overtook Qatar to become the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), loading 6.5 Mt of LNG compared with 6.2 Mt for Qatar. [1] 

Fintech payments innovation in China and Australia - Divergence or convergence?

December

The Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) hosted a panel discussion on ‘Fintech payments innovation in China and Australia – divergence or convergence?’, centred around a forthcoming report for ACRI by Dr Luke Deer from the University of Sydney Business School.


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December
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An update on PRC investment in Australian residential real estate

December

Investment from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the Australian residential real estate market overall largely aligns with Australia’s foreign investment policy objectives. PRC investment in the residential real estate market has declined since 2016-17. The evidence available does not suggest systemic wilful non-compliance with residential real estate rules overseen by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). 

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and Australia's labour market: claims versus evidence

December

Executive Summary

- When the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed in 2015 claims were made that Australian jobs would go to Chinese workers and safety standards on Australian work sites would fall. 

Can energy-price regulations smooth price fluctuations? Evidence from China’s coal sector

December

Due to the dominance of coal in China’s energy mix, coal prices have always been a challenging part of pricing reform. The recent frequent government interventions raise the key research questions: what is the actual impact of price policies on coal price fluctuations, and how can forward-looking pricing policies be made? By proposing a novel classification of coal pricing policies and introducing an expectation and forward-looking coefficient, the paper examines the relationship between coal price fluctuations and pricing policies using the generalised method of moments (GMM) method.