• China still needs Australian iron ore

    David Uren     |      May 6, 2021

    It must be galling to Chinese authorities that, notwithstanding their determination to punish Australia for its many perceived sins, their annual imports from Australia are running at near record levels.

  • An Australian head of the OECD

    David Uren     |      April 21, 2021

    The appointment of Australian Mathias Cormann as the new Secretary-General of the OECD has important implications for Australia and China.

  • No easy fix for Australia’s supply-chain dependence on China

    David Uren     |      March 3, 2021

    Despite China’s trade war against Australia, our dependence on Chinese supplies is so broad that finding alternative suppliers remains a major challenge.

  • Government funding won’t stop manufacturing’s decline

    David Uren     |      October 8, 2020

    The federal government sees the revival of Australian manufacturing as a matter of economic sovereignty, yet the annual national accounts highlight the enormity of the task it confronts.

  • More than ore

    David Uren     |      August 26, 2020

    Despite current political tensions, Australia’s non-traditional exports to China, including the now-threatened shipments of wine, have enjoyed runaway success since the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was concluded in 2015.

  • Don’t underestimate Australia-US trade relations

    David Uren     |      July 30, 2020

    The idea that Australia faces a tension between its security alliance with the United States and its economic relationship with China overlooks the importance of its economic relationship with the United States.

  • How Covid-19 infected global trade

    David Uren     |      May 28, 2020

    The head of the WTO, Robert Azevedo, abruptly announced his resignation on 14 May. He didn’t explain his reason, but as the guardian of the global trade rules, it could well have been despair.

  • COVID-19, like Spanish flu, will hit poor nations the hardest

    David Uren     |      April 14, 2020

    Horror videos posted on social media last week underline the extreme vulnerability of emerging nations to the novel coronavirus.

  • Estimating the economic impact of coronavirus

    David Uren     |      March 6, 2020

    Just as the course of the virus is uncertain, so too is its likely economic impact; predictions vary wildly and it’s difficult to trace the effects of previous epidemics.

  • World Bank in the dock over corruption

    David Uren     |      February 26, 2020

    The World Bank is being accused of suppressing a study which showed that a great deal of aid to the poorest countries is stolen by corrupt officials and salted away in foreign bank accounts.

  • Free trade isn’t dead yet

    David Uren     |      December 23, 2019

    Conflict over trade dominated the economic headlines in 2019, so it’s heartening that the year ended with significant progress on three trade agreements.

  • Putin bounces back

    David Uren     |      November 12, 2019

    How does a country with an economy the size of Spain, corruption on a par with Papua New Guinea and life expectancy below Libya still cast a shadow over Europe?