What Australians really think about a rising China

Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the start of a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, 30 March 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: James Laurenceson and Hannah Bretherton, ACRI

What does China’s rise as a major power mean for Australia? The answer depends on who you ask.

In March 2015 the Sydney Morning Herald’s International Editor, Peter Hartcher, described China as a fascist state that bullies its own citizens and neighbouring countries alike. That about sums up the ‘China threat’ view. Read more…

The importance of reliable resource markets to Australian and Asian security

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a tour of an iron ore mine in the Pilbara, West Australia, 9 July 2014. (Photo:AAP).

Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

Recent talk that would encourage government messing with Australian iron ore markets sits awkwardly in the context of the core strategic importance of raw materials in Australia’s economic relationships with Asia, both sides round. Read more…

Supporters of an Australian iron cartel have a monopoly on bad economics

Grab buckets unload imported iron ore on a quay at the Port of Rizhao in east China's Shandong province, 7 February 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Luke Hurst, ANU

As Australia moves away from a decade of resource-driven prosperity, it is even more important that it avoid mistakes that previously might have been papered over by the boom times. Yet there are loud voices calling for the mistakes of the past to be made again. One of the loudest is that of Australian mining company Fortescue’s non-executive chairman, Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest. Read more…

Australia lacks the inside support for outward integration

Australian Trade Minister and Member of Parliament Andrew Robb, centre, speaks with Filipino businessmen during a forum on Australia's expanding trade with the Philippines Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Annmarie Elijah, Hazel Moir and Andrew Willcocks, ANU

Australian federal government policymakers need to have broader and more robust consultations with business, consumers and state governments when it comes to trade treaties. As an open economy that is heavily dependent on trade for its wellbeing, it is important for Australia to get trade and economic integration right.  Read more…

Australia should cure its Asia-apprehension

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shakes hands with General Manager of Hebei Wanda New Airline International Travel Service Xie Hong after signing a travel agreement between the Gold Coast and China, at Parliament House in Brisbane, Australia, 5 May 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Edward Kus, ACYPI

Australian politicians often say ‘Australia-China relations are crucial to Australia’s development and prosperity’. Many hope the China–Australia FTA, due to be signed later this year, will be the shot in the arm Australia’s economy needs. Read more…

Why Australia shouldn’t be so worried about Chinese investment

Chinese investors talk with agents of an Australian property investment company at the International Property Expo, Beijing on 11 April, 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Author: James Laurenceson, UTS

Investment must be the most misunderstood part of the Australia–China economic relationship.

It’s well known that China invests in Australia. But get this: the Australian Bureau of Statistics says that there is nearly as much Australian capital in China as there is Chinese capital in Australia, AU$29.6 billion (US$23.5 billion) compared with AU$31.9 billion. Read more…

Regional strategic context improves Australia–Vietnam relations

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott shake hands during a joint press conference, 18 March 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Derek McDougall, University of Melbourne

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Australia in mid-March 2015 has highlighted how Australia–Vietnam relations relate to the broader strategic picture in the Asia Pacific. Read more…