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 rights and wrongs of US overflights in the South China Sea

A dilapidated Philippine Navy vessel anchored near Ayungin Shoal, with Filipino soldiers onboard, in the Spratly Islands, the South China Sea on 11 May 2015. The Spratly Islands are a flashpoint for ongoing territorial disputes in the South China Sea. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sourabh Gupta, Samuels International

Over the past six years, unilateral and escalatory actions by claimants to territories in the South China Sea have exacerbated tensions in the region.

China has not been the precipitator of the tensions in these waters — whether it be in initiating resource exploration activities in disputed areas, introducing military vessels to enforce jurisdictional claims, or conducting land reclamation work in the adjoining waters. Read more…

China’s Hmong go uncounted

Hmong children playing on a hillside. In China, the Hmong language has not been used in primary and middle schools and its use is declining among the young. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sebastien Carrier, Stepping Stones China

In recent years Uyghur and Tibetan issues have captured most of the national and international attention granted to China’s minorities. Yet Uyghurs and Tibetans account for less than 15 per cent of China’s minority population of about 113 million. How have other large minority groups, such as the Hmong, fared politically, economically, and socially in the last decade? How well do the Chinese leadership’s strategies and policies address ethnic minority challenges? Read more…

Asian multinationals — the Italian job

The Chinese pavilion at the 2015 World Expo, hosted in Milan, Italy, 10 May 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Andrea Goldstein, OECD

When it comes to Asian companies investing abroad, Italy has traditionally been a rather neglected destination. Asian companies remained spooked by the weakness of the Italian investment climate after decades of red tape and political interference. As a result there are no large Japanese or South Korean plants in car-making and consumer electronics. These companies preferred other Western European countries in the 1980s and 1990s before turning to Eastern Europe. Read more…

China’s infrastructure gambit in Southeast Asia

A Chinese clerk counts RMB (renminbi) yuan banknotes at a branch of China Construction Bank, 15 February 2015. In 2014, China became a net capital exporter for the first time. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Tomoo Kikuchi and Takehiro Masutomo, NUS

The governments and people of Southeast Asia must develop a strong sense of ownership and control over infrastructure projects as China increasingly directs its investments towards the region’s infrastructure. Read more…

How to heat up lukewarm India–China relations

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a floral bouquet from a young Chinese child on his arrival at Xi’an Xiangyang International Airport in Xi’an, 14 May 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Peter Martin, APCO Worldwide

The relationship between China and India will be one of the most important of this century. Their ability to cooperate will be crucial on international issues ranging from climate change to multilateral trade negotiations. Yet for all of its future significance, the relationship remains shallow, unbalanced and stuck in the past. Read more…

Inward FDI still mutually beneficial in China

Pedestrians walk past signboards of Chinese and foreign financial companies in the Lujiazui Financial District in Pudong, Shanghai, China. (Photo: AAP).
 Author: Stephen Olson, Hinrich Foundation

More so than any other developing country, China has benefited profoundly from foreign direct investment (FDI), using it as rocket fuel to launch the country’s economic development. It was FDI that provided the technology, managerial know-how and capital needed to propel China from an isolated, poor, agricultural economy in the late 1970s into the industrial export power-house and burgeoning technology player it is today. Read more…