The China FTA: all the facts and figures


1. Critics have called for mandatory labour market testing (LMT) with respect to the China FTA.

The China FTA - The State of Play


1.In August the IMF said that it expects China’s economy will be 44 percent bigger in 2020.[1]

In the past two years alone it has added spending worth more than Australia’s GDP.[2]

The Chinese Economy: What China is Doing Right


1. The latest forecasts from the IMF say that China’s economy will be 44 percent bigger in 2020.[1] This compares with –

  • 16 percent for the U.S[2]
  • 5 percent for Japan[3]
  • 45 percent for India[4]


What a China FTA means for Australia and its workers


1. China’s economy is worth $A11.6 trillion. In 2014 alone it grew by $A872 billion, more than half the value of Australia’s GDP.[1] The China FTA gives Australia better access to this market than any other country.

How Chinese Business Leaders View Australia


In February 2015 ACRI commissioned Zogby Research Services to conduct a poll of Chinese business leaders on their attitudes towards Australia.

1. Chinese business leaders1 are overwhelming positive in their views towards Australia: 93 percent said that their overall impression is favourable or very favourable.2 This compares with:

China’s “New Normal” Growth


In 2014, China’s growth rate slowed to 7.4 percent. This was down from 10.4 percent in 2010. This ACRI Fact Sheet explains what China’s “new normal” growth rate means for the world economy.

One billion tonnes of Chinese steel: Rio and BHP aren’t alone in their optimism


By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The West Australian on May 18 2015.

Fortescue boss Twiggy Forrest didn’t hold back: last week he accused the big miners of having a “callous disregard for Australia”. Treasurer Joe Hockey said he was sympathetic to Forrest’s position. Senator Nick Xenaphon called for a Senate inquiry. A parliamentary inquiry of some sort looks like getting the nod.

Chinese Investment in Australian Residential Real Estate


  1. Domestic buyers are responsible for 85.2 percent and 91.3 percent of demand for new and established residential real estate, respectively.1

China Policy Under the Abbott Government


The Abbott Government was elected on September 7 2013. This ACRI Fact Sheet provides an overview of Australia’s relations with China under the Abbott Government.

Missteps and a Hard Line

The new government ventured into China diplomacy a month after winning power.

On October 4 at a Trilateral Strategic Dialogue in Bali, Australia joined the US and Japan in a joint statement opposing “any coercive or unilateral actions that could change the status quo in the East China Sea”.1

The Queensland - China Economic Relationship


1. The annual value of Queensland’s goods exports to China is $10.8 billion.1 This is –

1.3 times that to Japan

2.3 times that to India

2.4 times that to Korea


2. The value of Queensland’s goods exports to China increased by $4.5 billion in the past five years. Exports to –

Japan fell by $6.5 billion

Korea fell by $1.8 billion

India fell by $0.5 billion