• The future of Australian wine

    James Laurenceson     |      May 19, 2023

    China is calling a ceasefire in its economic war against Australia, much to the relief of Australian wine exporters who saw their business shrink when Chinese import duties doubled.

  • Australia has weathered Chinese trade coercion

    James Laurenceson     |      August 22, 2021

    More than a year after the Chinese communist party began using trade to punish Australia over political disagreements, Beijing has failed to inflict much significant damage.

  • China-Australia tension hammers human ties

    James Laurenceson     |      September 20, 2020

    For all the concern this year that political tensions between Australia and China might harm trade and investment, this isn’t the most acute stress in the bilateral relationship.

  • Take the trade dispute with a grain of barley

    James Laurenceson     |      June 9, 2020

    When Australian trade with China is disrupted, commentary quickly gravitates towards the frame of economic coercion. With such deeply intertwined trade relations, coercion is, in reality, only one possible cause.

  • Australia stands with the US (most of the time)

    James Laurenceson     |      March 3, 2020

    When Ambassador Joe Hockey returned earlier this month from the Washington posting he had held since the beginning of 2016, he pushed back against allegations that Australia is an American lapdog.

  • Australia-China Bilateral Relations: How Did We Get Here?

    James Laurenceson     |      March 2, 2018

    With Australia-China bilateral relations at close to a 10-year low, the Turnbull government would do well to reflect on what the past year’s negative approach to this important relationship has achieved.