ACRI Opinion

Chinese-language media in Australia: an opportunity for Australian soft power

December

By Wanning Sun

More than ever before, Australia is wedged between its economic dependence on China and its security alliance with the US. How the Chinese-language media in Australia figures in this fraught relationship is no longer just an academic question. 

Some have argued that the sector has become a key tool for China to exert soft power and influence in Australia.

No nostalgia for Mao in the Australian-Chinese community

December

By Bob Carr

No sweeter duty for a Premier. A convention centre packed with families, their youngsters being praised as the highest achievers in the end-of-school exams. A happy annual ritual.

Looking back, one thing stands out about the annual awards for young scholars: the steady rise, in my years, in the number of students with Chinese names (and those with Indian and Vietnamese names).

Despite China free trade agreement Australian beef producers are missing out

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article originally appeared in The Conversation, August 25 2016.

A new FIRB regime to keep the national security hawks caged

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in the Australian Financial Review, August 25 2016.

Last week Treasurer Scott Morrison officially killed off the prospect of foreign investors taking a 50.4 per cent share of the lease to operate NSW electricity distributor Ausgrid, citing national security risks.

Ausgrid hawks have poor record on Chinese security threats

December

By James Laurenceson

This article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review, August 9 2016.

The potential sale of NSW electricity distributor Ausgrid to a Chinese company is bedevilled by questions about national security. On Sunday Treasurer Scott Morrison said those questions will be his "prime consideration" in deciding whether to allow the deal to go ahead.

Chinese investment: Stay calm and ignore the defence hawks

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article originally appeared in the Lowy Interpreter, July 28 2016.

The lights are still on in Manila.

That must come as quite a surprise to defence hawks who like to beat the drum that the sale of New South Wales electricity distributor Ausgrid to a Chinese company could compromise our national security and be contrary to the national interest.

Don't believe Chinese worker Free Trade Agreement scaremongering

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review, June 9 2016.

Remember those claims from some trade unions last year that the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) would allow Chinese companies to bring in their own workers?

Chinese investment and national security: what Australians think

December

By James Laurenceson and Hannah Bretherton

This article originally appeared in the East Asia Forum

What the Australian public really think about Chinese investment in our maritime ports

December

China’s slowing growth rate is not the hard landing feared

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article originally appeared in the Higher View Business magazine, April 2016.

Pick up any major Australian newspaper these days and the business section is sure to be filled with coverage of the latest economic developments in China.

Australia’s fixation with China is justified. 

In 2014-15, Australia’s bilateral trade with China stood at $A149.8bn. That’s more than double the value of trade with Japan, Australia’s second-largest trading partner.