Australia-China relations monthly summary - May 2018
The latest developments in Australia-China relations in May 2018 by Elena Collinson, Senior Project and Research Officer, Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
A trade snapshot is provided by James Laurenceson, Deputy Director, ACRI, UTS.
Ministerial and opposition engagement
Subduing China an empty gesture as Trump-shy Asia courts Beijing
Loose lips on China have cost Australia dearly
The shrinking ‘Quad’: How the alliance is going nowhere as Japan and India court China
Turnbull Government may be toning down anti-China stance
Australia-China relations monthly summary - April 2018
Military base on Vanuatu
On April 9 Fairfax Media, citing anonymous sources, reported that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Vanuatu were engaged in talks about establishing a PRC military base in the Pacific state:
Fairfax Media can reveal there have been preliminary discussions between the Chinese and Vanuatu governments about a military build-up in the island nation.
Australia-China relations need a reset, and Malcolm Turnbull has to lead the way
The evolution of Malcolm Fraser's China policy
This article explores the evolution of Malcolm Fraser's views on China. While Gough Whitlam is fondly remembered as a trailblazer for normalising Australia‐China relations, Fraser was a pioneer in rendering a sense of bipartisanship in Australia's China policy. Fraser was not initially a Sino‐enthusiast, however. He came from a background of staunch anti‐Communism and throughout the 1950s and 1960s believed that China posed a major threat to stability in the Asia Pacific.
New Zealand-China relations: 2017-18
In a 2015 research report for the Australia-China Relations Institute, former New Zealand High Commissioner in Canberra John Larkindale wrote of the New Zealand-China relationship:
The relationship has never become a topic for partisan political division, though elements of China’s growing presence in New Zealand and aspects of the economic links are increasingly attracting debate, and sometimes controversy.