Foreign affairs

Subduing China an empty gesture as Trump-shy Asia courts Beijing

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in The Australian on May 30 2018. 

Loose lips on China have cost Australia dearly

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on May 24 2018.

The shrinking ‘Quad’: How the alliance is going nowhere as Japan and India court China

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in the South China Morning Post on May 17 2018.

Turnbull Government may be toning down anti-China stance

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in Pearls and Irritations on May 8 2018.

Australia-China relations monthly summary - April 2018

December

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

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in the South China Morning Post on April 29 2018.

Australia-China relations need a reset. But this is unlikely as long as the Australian prime minister himself remains a stumbling block. 

The evolution of Malcolm Fraser's China policy

December

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

December

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:[1]

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.

Australia-China bilateral relations: How did we get here?

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in the Australian Institute for International Affairs' blog, Australian Outlook, on March 2 2018.

China zealotry comes at a cost, if it stops shared university research

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article was appeared in The Australian Financial Review on February 28 2018.

As I sit at my desk contemplating the latest round of panicky comments about China's influence operations in Australia – including claims about how they are supposedly undermining the military technology lead of the US – my attention keeps being drawn to two astonishing statistics.