Australia-China monthly wrap-up: September 2022
Despite the apparent thaw, Australia’s core China policy remains hardline
Australia and US paths on China, Taiwan are diverging
Note: This article appeared in The Canberra Times on September 24 2022.
The first four months of the Albanese government haven't been short on diplomatic achievements.
But one is particularly impressive and yet easy to miss: the restoration of strategic space to respond to developments in the Taiwan Strait.
‘Translators and traitors’: What to be wary of when reading translations of PRC diplomatic/foreign affairs statements
This analysis reviews recent translation controversies involving PRC diplomatic statements in order to stimulate further discussion on guidelines that could help readers better appreciate the limitations and idiosyncrasies of translations pertaining to this field, and spot signs of sub-optimal translations that have could potentially inform poor or calamitous foreign policy responses.
Australia-China monthly wrap-up: August 2022
Between a rock and a hard place: What can Australia do as US-PRC rivalry intensifies? | WEBINAR
Much scholarly and policy attention is focused on the two great powers, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the United States, and the impact of their behaviours on international relations. As a third party, Australia has huge stakes in maintaining good relations with both and promoting a stable and prosperous region more broadly. How can Canberra exercise its agency to best advance its interests as great power competition heats up?
Huawei: Critically assessing the 5G ban and commonly cited risks
- Reports that Huawei is controlled by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are inaccurate. Huawei is a private, employee-owned corporation controlled by its senior management with input from an employee representative committee.
- The Communist Party of China (CPC) branch committees in private PRC corporations, including Huawei, have largely been co-opted by corporations to serve their own commercial interests.
With China-Taiwan tensions ratcheting up, is Australia getting best advice from places like Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Note: This article appeared in The Canberra Times on August 13 2022.
As tensions ratchet up in the Taiwan Strait, Australia's relationship with China risks being caught up in the fallout. The modest improvements in official relations since May could quickly be reversed.
Australia-China monthly wrap-up: July 2022
Cool heads needed to avoid escalating tension
Note: This article appeared in China Daily on August 12 2022.
In the aftermath of the visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Australia-China relationship is once again inflamed.
This follows a modest thawing in bilateral ties after the new government, led by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, took office in Canberra in May.