Foreign affairs

Pragmatism rules in China relations

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in The Australian Financial Review on March 23 2015.

Australia is not being swept up by America’s anxious agitation at China’s rise.  

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Better in than out

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in Nikkei Asian Review on February 5 2015.

Sensible switch from Beijing-baiting restored balance to our most challenging relationship

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in The Australian on January 31 2015. 

Benefactor no surprise

December

By Bob Carr

Note: An edited version of this letter was published in The Australian Financial Review, January 21 2015, p.33.

Dear Sir, 

Your Rear Window columnist pretends to have a revelation when he writes that the think tank devoted to Australia-China relations (the Australia-China Relations Institute at UTS) receives a contribution from a Chinese benefactor.

Two points need to be made. 

Proof positive we prefer to pick our own battles

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in The Australian on January 6 2015.

More proof of the common sense of the Australian people: they tend to get these things right.