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Assessing the risks from Australia’s economic exposure to China

December 10 2021

This paper suggests Australia’s economic exposure to China creates three distinct risks: a Chinese growth shock that comes with a ‘hard landing’, a structural shift towards less import and natural resources–intensive Chinese growth, and the Chinese Government disrupting trade ties for coercive purposes. With external demand for Australia’s goods and services largely exogenous, the scope to mitigate these risks by reducing exposure to China, without resorting to costly market intervention, is limited. At the same time, the probability and scale of each risk should not be overstated. Further undercutting the case for an intrusive public policy approach is the fact that effective mitigation mechanisms exist for the Australian economy as a whole, as well as for many businesses.

Read the paper online here.

Note: This paper was published in Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, ANU Press, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, vol 28, no 1, pp. 3-26.

Author: James Laurenceson, Director, Australia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney.