Foreign affairs

China in Australia's strategic policy, 2007–2021: The diminishing returns of hedging in an era of great power competition?


Australia has always been sensitive to shifts in the balance of power both globally and within its own region, the Asia Pacific. This concern has been amplified over the past decade due to the parallel rise of China and the relative decline of the United States. These realities have framed an ongoing debate in Australia about whether continued reliance on the U.S. alliance for security is either feasible or prudent. This chapter presents two major arguments.

Time for China-Australia ties to embrace positive momentum


By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in the Global Times on June 16 2022. 

‘China is our partner. China is not our enemy. Let's get that very straight.’ 

Australia-China monthly wrap-up: April and May 2022


UTS:ACRI address: China’s Ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian


The Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:ACRI) welcomed the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to Australia, H.E. Mr Xiao Qian, to deliver an address on the state of relations between Australia and the PRC.

Following his address, Ambassador Xiao was joined in conversation by UTS:ACRI Director Professor James Laurenceson.

There was a moderated Q&A from pre-submitted questions from registered attendees.

Time: 11.00am - 12.15pm AEST


Event Information
3:35 PM

The big problem with Labor’s ‘Plan to Build a Stronger Pacific Family’


By Corey Lee Bell

Note: This article appeared in The Diplomat on June 10 2022.

China’s recent decision to abandon a multilateral security agreement with 10 countries in the South Pacific was a cause for both enormous relief and some measure of self-congratulations in Canberra and Washington.

It should have prompted neither.

Australia must ‘partner-up’ in the Pacific


By Corey Lee Bell and Elena Collinson

Note: This article appeared in the Asia & the Pacific Policy Society at the Australian National University’s blog, Policy Forum, on June 3 2022.

A ‘weakened’ Quad?


By Pak K. Lee and Lai-Ha Chan

Note: This article appeared in E-International Relations on May 27 2022.

The view from Beijing: No.2


The view from Beijing is a new UTS:ACRI series dedicated to tracking what is being said about Australia’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Chinese-language PRC state media news and commentary (principally, material published by the People’s Daily (人民日报) and Xinhua (新华)).

With a new Australian government and foreign minister comes fresh hope for Australia-China relations


By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Conversation on May 22 2022.

An Albanese government in Canberra means an improved trajectory in Australia-China relations is a real possibility.

The khaki election turned teal on China


By Elena Collinson

Note: This article appeared in Melbourne University's Asialink Insights on May 19 2022.