Foreign affairs

The evolution of Albanese: how his foreign policy ideas have changed


By James Curran and Elena Collinson 

Note: This article appeared in The Australian Financial Review on November 14 2022.

China-Russia cooperation in advanced technologies: The future global balance of power and the limits of 'unlimited' partnership


Executive Summary

Advanced technologies are a key factor in the evolving international balance of power. The United States-allied group of states, including Australia, are still generally technology leaders. But the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is making major gains in some fields, spurred by growing pressure on its access to foreign technologies. What impacts might the PRC’s cooperation with Russia have on this equation?

This report provides an overview of Sino-Russian collaboration across four broad fields:

Has Australia found the right answer to Chinese aggression?


By Elena Collinson and James Curran

Note: This article appeared in The National Interest on October 22 2022.

Australia-China monthly wrap-up: September 2022


Despite the apparent thaw, Australia’s core China policy remains hardline


By Elena Collinson

Note: This article appeared in the South China Morning Post on October 10 2022.

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.  

Key takeaways 

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?

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Huawei: Critically assessing the 5G ban and commonly cited risks


Key takeaways

- 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.