The killer fact about the Chinese middle class
Australia's Chinese community caught in the crossfire
One Chinese political donation does not a scandal make
By Bob Carr
Note: This article appeared in The Australian on June 10 2017.
Let’s be clear. Efforts by any country to subvert Australia should be investigated, monitored and brought to light. Yes, let’s ban donations from non-citizens. Let’s go further still — my own suggestion — and ban any donations that might reasonably be suspected as seeking to influence Australian foreign policy.
Chinese investment and Australian sovereignty
Is China really a threat to maritime trade?
If Australia listened to our hawks on China, we'd have been hung out to dry
By Bob Carr
Note: This article appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on May 23 2017.
It was like a meeting with an Old Testament prophet. Towering and rock-hewn, Malcolm Fraser was grave, telling me – Australia's new foreign minister – that America was capable of being drawn into a land war with China.
'Going to war with China and losing it. And then withdrawing from Asia.'
Belt and Road will go ahead with or without Australia
By James Laurenceson and Elena Collinson
Note: This article appeared in the Lowy Institute for International Policy's blog, The Interpreter, May 22 2017.
A divide has once again opened between Australian economic commentators and defence hawks, this time over China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and what Australia's response to it should be.
Why is Australia dragging its feet on China's Belt and Road?
Will Australia follow the Belt and Road?
By James Laurenceson
Note: This article appeared in East Asia Forum, May 14 2017.
Australia’s reluctance to participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) harks back to its slow entry into the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). But this time it may be Australian state governments that push the federal government over the line, rather than decisions made by other countries.