Economics

The future of Australian wine: Fabulous friends or dedicated diplomacy?

December

By Jane Golley and James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ blog, Australian Outlook, on May 18 2023.

Learning the right policy lessons from Beijing’s campaign of trade disruption against Australia

December

Perceived threats to sovereignty stemming from trade exposure to China have led to calls for the Australian government to embrace the concept of ‘trusted trade’. This involves using policy levers to drive trade towards markets that have capitals more geopolitically aligned with Canberra and finds practical expression in forms such as ‘friend-shored’ supply chains.

In conversation with Treasury Wine Estates CEO Tim Ford | LIVESTREAM

December

A few years ago, Australia was the biggest overseas supplier of wine to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Australia's largest winemaker, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), sold everything from the budget-conscious Rawson’s Retreat to the luxury brand Penfolds to an increasingly wine-interested PRC market that accounted for 30 percent of its profits.


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Australia’s barley solution with China shows diplomacy does work

December

By Weihuan Zhou and James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Conversation on April 18 2023. 

Australia must avoid knee-jerk policy reactions regarding China

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Australian on April 16 2023.

The visit to Australia last week by Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu confirms that official relations between Canberra and Beijing are back on track.

Ma’s big message?

Australia’s narrative on Beijing’s economic coercion: Context and critique

December

A narrative has emerged in Australia since May 2020 that attributes disruption of Australian exports to China to China’s authoritarian political system and presents the local predicament as unsurprising given past attempts by Beijing at economic coercion affecting other countries. Further, the Australian public has been told that strategic friends are rallying to provide a collective defence and these countries too are seeking greater economic distance from China. The strands of this narrative serve to soothe strategic anxieties and deflect attention away from choices made by Canberra.

Australian reliance on Chinese exports an economic reality

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in East Asia Forum on February 22 2023.

Australia-China monthly wrap-up: January 2023

December

Where the chips fall: In containing China, the US can leave Australia out

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in the Lowy Institute’s blog, The Interpreter, on October 25 2022.

A ‘moonshot’ strategy of manufacturing semiconductors: Can Australia ‘chip’ in?

December

By Marina Zhang

Note: This article appeared in the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ blog, Australian Outlook, on October 17 2022.