Economics

Labour concerns in China FTA misplaced

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This piece was sent as a letter to the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald on 5 September 2015. 

Bob Kinnaird and Bob Birrell conclude that the China FTA means labour-market testing (LMT) will be removed for all Chinese nationals on 457 visas (“Under FTA, Chinese workers can avoid labour-market testing”, September 4)  

The Chinese Economy: What China is Doing Right

December

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]

 

Credit where credit’s due for China’s economic authorities

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in East Asia Forum on 31 August 2015.

Australian shares rocked by China rout, but economic fundamentals remain solid

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Conversation on August 25 2015.

What a China FTA means for Australia and its workers

December

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.

The facts and the fallacies surrounding the China FTA

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in Business Spectator on August 19 2015

China’s devaluation critics are missing the point

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in Business Spectator on August 14 2015.

With all the attention being given to China’s cheaper currency, a key point is being missed: it’s the market that has driven the renminbi lower. 

Why fears over the Australia-China FTA are overblown

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in East Asia Forum on July 30, 2015.

What China is banking on

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Australian Financial Review on July 29 2015.

Two big questions have come out of the wild gyrations in China’s stock market over the past weeks.  

China free trade agreement: baseless fears on labour are holding up progress on historic deal

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in the Daily Telegraph on July 28 2015.

A coalition of trade unions wants to stop the China free trade agreement at the final hurdle — a vote in federal parliament.