• Taking off the red-tinted glasses

    Andrew Forrest     |      June 21, 2020

    The advocates of closer economic relations with China have dominated the debate for years, but China’s ever more outrageous behaviour is forcing even its most blinkered apologists to come to grips with reality.

  • China plays the race card against Australia

    John Fitzgerald     |      June 15, 2020

    China’s latest travel and education warnings over Australian racism don’t stand up to scrutiny because they don’t have to. Our problem is not racism, it is Xi.

  • The party speaks for you

    Alex Joske     |      June 13, 2020

    The Chinese Communist Party is strengthening its influence by co-opting representatives of ethnic minority groups, religious movements, and business, science and political groups in China and overseas, including Australia.

  • China’s belt and road shouldn’t start in Victoria

    Michael Shoebridge     |      June 8, 2020

    If the national cabinet has a purpose beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, it could act to force a cohesive and united national policy on China, and that should start with reconsidering Victoria’s deal.

  • Standing up to China

    Peter Jennings     |      May 16, 2020

    Australia needs more cowboy and less kowtow in its current dispute with China. Our foreign, security and trade policies need more principle and less of the ‘pragmatism’ that has brought us to this sorry point of affairs.

  • China will lose in the blame game

    Andrew Forrest     |      May 3, 2020

    In the space of a few short weeks, popular perceptions of the Chinese state in Australia have shifted in ways that, if replicated elsewhere, are going to be truly damaging to China’s international standing in the years to come.

  • Let’s not ‘snap back’ towards China

    Michael Shoebridge     |      April 28, 2020

    The one thing Australia can’t do as we get the pandemic under control is ‘snap back’ to the old ways of doing business with the one-party state that is the People’s Republic of China.

  • Will China learn from the Covid-19 epidemic?

    Feng Zhang     |      March 12, 2020

    Coronavirus infected over 80,000 in China after news of the initial outbreak was suppressed by the communist authorities. Will China learn the value of free speech to avoid future tragedies, or double down on state oppression?

  • Coronavirus and the death of Xi’s ‘China Dream’

    Michael Shoebridge     |      February 29, 2020

    Globalisation was already ill and Coronavirus is killing both it and Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’. That’s big news for Australia’s economy and security in the future.

  • Helping China chart a diplomatic course

    Allan Behm     |      December 6, 2019

    China’s international behaviour reflects its friendlessness. Like Russia it relies on bullying and bluster, subornation and subversion rather than negotiation and persuasion, and Australia can help it chart a more productive path.

  • The reality of Chinese influence in Australia

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 27, 2019

    The corrosive issue of Chinese state interference in our democracy needs to be handled in a calm and orderly way, but the government must also be honest and open with the Australian people about the challenge we are facing.

  • Facing facts over China

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 25, 2019

    Instead of looking to some ‘Beijing happy-o-meter’, we need to define our relationship with Communist China as China defines its with us – through decisions and actions rather than words.