Prime Ministers Series: Whitlam and China Panel Discussion
Although Australia and China’s bilateral relations were formally established in 1972, Gough Whitlam initiated the process in 1971. As Leader of the Opposition, Whitlam met with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing. Whitlam took a political risk in the face of staunch anti-Communist sentiments and the McMahon Government’s unwillingness to recognise China.
Prime Ministers Series: Hawke and China
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.
Pragmatism rules in China relations
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Better in than out
Sensible switch from Beijing-baiting restored balance to our most challenging relationship
Benefactor no surprise
By Bob Carr
Note: An edited version of this letter was published in The Australian Financial Review, January 21 2015, p.33.
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.