Research reports

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and Australia's labour market: claims versus evidence

December

Executive Summary

- When the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed in 2015 claims were made that Australian jobs would go to Chinese workers and safety standards on Australian work sites would fall. 

Do the claims stack up? Australia talks China

December

When Australia talks about China, the China Opportunity and the China Challenge forms part of the discourse. The China Opportunity reflects the enormous economic benefits that Australia already derives from its $184 billion trade relationship with China, along with the potential for this to grow even further as 850 million more Chinese reach middle class status by 2030, placing Australian beef, wine, education and tourism within their grasp. Strands of China’s foreign policy also favour an approach of multilateral engagement in line with the preferences of the Australian government.

Connecting the Asia-Pacific: Australian participation in China's regional infrastructure initiatives

December

Executive summary

Major ‘infrastructure gaps’ plague the Asia-Pacific region, constraining economic integration and undermining development efforts.

- In 2013, China launched two new projects – the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) – to lead regional efforts to plug these infrastructure gaps.

The Chinese seafood market: Opportunities and challenges for Australian exporters

December

The rapid changes in China’s economy and society since the reform period have generated strong opportunities for exporters of natural resources, and Australian seafood exporters have responded accordingly. Australian seafood products now have a significant presence in the Chinese seafood market, characterised in particular by high-value products such as rock lobster and abalone.

Chinese students in Australia: A critical examination of recent media coverage

December

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. 

2017 Australia-China Annual Think Tank Economic Dialogue: Conference report

December

On June 18 2017 senior economists, policy specialists, business representatives and diplomats from Australia and China gathered in Beijing for the inaugural Australia-China Think Tank Annual Economic Dialogue, co-hosted by the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) and the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC).

Decision time: Australia's engagement with China's Belt and Road Initiative

December

Executive summary

Foreign investment and Australian jobs: Empirical estimates and policy questions

December

The Australian public is lukewarm in its overall support of foreign investment. However, its contribution to local employment is widely regarded positively. This is particularly important at a time when Australia’s labour market is softening and wages are growing at their slowest pace on record. This paper conservatively puts Australian employment currently supported by foreign investment at around 1.9 million, or one in six of all jobs.

Grading the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

December

In a 12 month period between December 2014 and December 2015, Australia clinched free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea (KAFTA, enacted December 12 2014), Japan (JAEPA, enacted January 15 2015) and China (ChAFTA, enacted December 20 2015). A decade earlier, Australia had sealed an FTA with the US (AUSFTA, enacted January 1 2005). The combination means that Australia now has FTAs with its four biggest overseas customers.

CAG-ACRI South China Sea Conference Report

December

On February 10-11 2017 the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney in collaboration with the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore co-hosted a conference on the South China Sea (SCS).