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China-Australia Relations

Stakes in uncertainty: Australia future with China, India and the United States

Australia’s choices in the Indo-Pacific Asian century will not simply involve China and the United States. India, too, needs to be in the picture. In this lecture delivered at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi in mid-2012, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf outlines the impact of a

China\ food insecurity

Catherine Chan is an environmental lawyer and journalist in Beijing. Meeting the food demands of 1.3 billion people is a primary issues faced by the Chinese Government. An increasingly affluent population, with a growing appetite for agriculturally intensive food products like meat and

China: The Pacific\ new banker

The Lowy Institute today launched the fourth in a series of reports on China's secretive aid program in the Pacific. China still refuses to report the details of its aid program, so we went to Pacific governments who provided us with the figures. The reports now cover the five year period from 2005

Malaysia\ China problem

Catherine Chan is an environmental lawyer and journalist in Beijing. This post concludes Catherine's three-part series arising from her recent visit to Malaysia. Part one here; part two here. Malaysia's natural advantages in resources and infrastructure and a cultural claim to being '

What have I changed my mind about this year? China in the Pacific

I have for some time been relatively sanguine about the rise of China in the Pacific. I believed that, like most powers which engage with Pacific Island countries, China wanted a stable and prosperous Pacific region. Chinese trade, aid and investment in the Pacific were good if they

Overlooked in 2010: China\ lower tier cities

Catherine Chan is an environmental lawyer and journalist in Beijing. Beijing and Shanghai spring to mind when most non-Chinese think of China. But the real and untold story of China is the development of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th tier cities. The fact is that China, with its internal

Australian resources in China: Where do they go?

Catherine Chan is an environmental lawyer and journalist in Beijing. For all the talk on how the Australian resources sector relies on China's insatiable appetite for Australia's rocks, little has been written about where these commodities end up. Much of this economic growth has been attributed

China and the Great Asia Project III: Four bets on China to lose

Australia is starting to feel the tensions in the 'great duality' of its dealings with China and the United States. The duality line is from John Howard, and is an interesting entry in the important debate that Hugh White has so excellently provoked (or should that be exploded'). Without a hint

China and the Great Asia Project II: Suffering Chinese burns

One of the many reasons the Canberra consensus on China is so strong is that both sides of politics have suffered similar diplomatic pains and carry matching scars. Labor and the Coalition know the hard reality of getting the Chinese burns: being on the receiving end of Beijing's version of

China and the Great Asia Project I: Peering into China\ future

All sides of Australian politics agree on the central significance China now has in the Great Asia Project which has obsessed Canberra for decades. The Canberra consensus on engaging China has been remarkably uniform as it has evolved since diplomatic recognition in 1972. China, always an

How indispensable is China?

Last week's Economist had an interesting piece looking at the world's dependence on the Chinese economy. It provided a sample of statistics and factoids highlighting just how important China now is – last year China accounted for about 46% of global coal consumption and a similar

Top five foreign policy priorities

Sam's post has inspired me to offer my top five foreign policy priorities for Australia: China: ensuring China's rise in Asia does not amount to a destabilising dominance, diplomatically or in the maritime military domain. This involves not only closer involvement with the US alliance, but

China: Kiss or kick

Australia's choices about China will obviously be shaped by the ratio of kiss-to-kick that emanates from Beijing. Canberra has had its share of bruises recently, but also plenty of bouquets. China would love to be able to treat Australia as a special or model relationship, with Beijing setting both

China: Lessons from the Rudd era

For Australia, China has shifted from key bilateral relationship to the regional paramount power, and shapes as a system-level game changer. Kevin Rudd's term offered some markers for the movement in Canberra's China perspective. The Rudd experience of China was notable because his predecessor,

South China Sea: Help wanted

Professor Shen Dingli is Executive Vice Dean of the Institute of International Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai. He is one of China's most prominent security commentators. In response to Malcolm Cook on my South China Sea blog post: Beijing welcomes everyone's help, as 'help' does no

5-minute Lowy Lunch: China limits

Professor Robert Sutter, from the Asian Studies Department at Georgetown University, is visiting Australia, and he detects a deep concern about China in our national mood. In his Wednesday lunch address to the Lowy Insitute, Professor Sutter gave his reasons for thinking that there are some&

China doesn't need Australia help

Thanks to Shen Dingli for his provocative post on the PRC's claims in the South China Sea and Taiwan, and what role Australia can play. As one would expect, it repeats the long-held PRC advice to Canberra that the best way for Australia to engage in Asia is to differentiate itself from the

Australia-China: Curb your enthusiasm

What to make of this story in today's Sydney Morning Herald claiming a great leap forward in Australia's defence ties with China' This could be good news, if true. As a trading power, China has a stake in the security of the global commons, such as sea lanes — a reason that