China’s slowing growth rate is not the hard landing feared
By James Laurenceson
Note: This article originally appeared in the Higher View Business magazine, April 2016.
Pick up any major Australian newspaper these days and the business section is sure to be filled with coverage of the latest economic developments in China.
Australia’s fixation with China is justified.
In 2014-15, Australia’s bilateral trade with China stood at $A149.8bn. That’s more than double the value of trade with Japan, Australia’s second-largest trading partner.
ACRI working paper: Chinese investment in critical infrastructure: much ado about not much?
Defence hawks have cited the Northern Territory Government’s decision to lease Port of Darwin to Shandong Landbridge Group in 2015 as reason to call for changes in Australia’s foreign investment approvals regime that would restrict Chinese investment in critical infrastructure assets on security grounds. They have also claimed the support of public opinion. This paper begins by reviewing the security debate around the Darwin Port sale and highlights that the alleged risks raised by critics of the deal have been downplayed by academic experts and leading defence and intelligence figures.
China's energy transition: the way forward
On April 5 2016 the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at UTS, hosted climate and energy policy expert Dr Wang Tao, Assistant Dean of CBN Research Institute and nonresident scholar of Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, for a special look at China's transitioning energy policy and how it fits into the 'new normal' economy.
China’s economy: state versus private
Just a few decades ago China’s private sector was almost non-existent. How important is it today?
1. In 2014 China economy specialist Nicholas Lardy concluded that the private sector now produces at least two-thirds of China’s GDP.
China has room for policy reform
By James Laurenceson
Note: This article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review, March 10 2016.
China has a choice. It can have higher growth now or higher growth later, but not both.
That's the assessment of many commentators as they watch an investment and industrial output-led economy move towards one led by consumption and services.
What China's Middle Class Means for Australia
Australia’s ‘China Resources boom’ may have peaked but 57 cents in every dollar increase in Australian exports between 2009-10 and 2014-15 still came from China. 
If managed well, Australia’s ‘China dining and services boom’ could run for decades.
1. In 2015 China’s middle class numbered 109 million. This was 17 million more than in the US. 
The stimulus that wasn’t: re-interpreting China’s monetary moves
The Great Fall of China? Insights from a China bull
Chinese consumers aren’t buying the ‘currency crisis’
ChAFTA and beyond: Keynote address by Special Envoy for Trade Andrew Robb
The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force on December 20 2015. Tariffs have already been reduced and the opportunities for Australia in China are expanding.
How will the FTA continue to play out in practice? What are the next steps? How does the does the former Minister and architect of the FTA see Australia-China economic relations developing?
Australian Special Envoy for Trade the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP explored these questions in a timely and fascinating keynote address to the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI).