China in Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper
On November 23 Australia released its first Foreign Policy White Paper in 14 years. Developed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the 2017 paper enjoys broad bipartisan support. Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong, writing in The Australian, stated:
Chinese students in Australia: A critical examination of recent media coverage
There are currently 131,355 Chinese citizens studying at more than 30 Australian universities. This year the economic and cultural contributions these students make to Australian society have been overshadowed by media coverage of protests directed at Australian academics. To date there have been four reported incidents involving Chinese students, at Monash University, the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle respectively.
Australia's fear over China's Belt and Road
Freedom and openness in the Asia Pacific free and open for interpretation
Note: This article appeared in the East Asia Forum on November 14 2017.
In the week prior to US President Donald Trump embarking on his Asia tour, his National Security Adviser H R McMaster laid out one of the trip’s aims: ‘to promote his vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region’.
Decision time: Australia's engagement with China's Belt and Road Initiative
Robert Macklin - Dragon & Kangaroo (Melbourne event)
Following a successful event in Sydney, the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney welcomed author and historian Robert Macklin to discuss his book, Dragon & Kangaroo (Hachette, 2017) at Holding Redlich in Melbourne.
Influence creep? Australia well-equipped to hold its own
Australia-China relations in 2017 – Colin Mackerras in conversation
The Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) welcomed leading Australian Sinologist Professor Colin Mackerras to speak on developments in contemporary Australia-China relations.
Robert Macklin - 'Dragon & Kangaroo'
The Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney welcomed author and historian Robert Macklin to discuss his book, Dragon & Kangaroo (Hachette, 2017).
Why has Australia declared rhetorical war on China?
By Bob Carr
This year Australia declared rhetorical war on China.
The words being used by Australian leaders are the harshest any time since diplomatic relations commenced in 1972, with the exception of comments at the time of Tiananmen. The tone is harsher than that of any other US ally, including Japan.