Foreign affairs

Prime Ministers Series: Hawke and China

December

On June 4 2015, in the second instalment of the ACRI Prime Ministers Series, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke discussed his China policy with the ABC's Geraldine Doogue.

Mr Hawke explored the role of personal rapport in the bilateral relationship and how it was rebuilt after Tiananmen. He also provided broader insights into the Australia-China relationship, based on his extensive contact with China in the last 25 years. 

The Hon Bob Hawke was Prime Minister from 1983 to 1991 during the period of Deng Xiaoping’s reforms, the crisis of Tiananmen and the rise of Jiang Zemin.


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Date
December
Time
5:20 PM
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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.