• Australia’s China policy emerges in the USA

    Michael Shoebridge     |      October 1, 2019

    Rather than join the USA’s trade war against China, Scott Morrison used his state visit to call for broader international action to curb China’s economic, political and military assault on the wider world.

  • How China uses tourists to push geopolitical goals

    Anu Anwar     |      September 29, 2019

    China uses its new economic power to pursue political goals, swiftly shifting inducements to punishments, not least in the field of tourism.

  • Why the Solomon Islands and Kiribati switched sides

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 26, 2019

    Kiribati and Solomon Islands have switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to the People’s Republic of China and the move is about more than the Chinese Communist Party’s relentless campaign to isolate Taiwan.

  • China sets out its military future

    Richard Bitzinger     |      September 15, 2019

    China has released a White Paper on defence — its first such report in four years — reiterating three broad strategic goals for the modernisation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) over the next 30 years.

  • Australia’s booming trade with China will shape strategic policy

    David Uren     |      September 4, 2019

    Diplomatic relations may have been strained, but Australia’s trade relationship with China is growing ever closer. The latest trade report shows that China was the destination for a record 40% of Australia’s exports in June.

  • Why the world ignores China’s Uyghur persecution

    Connor Dilleen     |      August 30, 2019

    China’s efforts to limit scrutiny of its persecution of its Uyghur Muslim minority is abetted by the silence of countries putting economic links ahead of human rights.

  • More arms won’t win the political war

    Tom Uren     |      August 25, 2019

    By failing to be forthcoming and transparent about foreign disinformation campaigns, the Australian government is effectively ceding the ‘high ground’ of political warfare to our ideological adversaries.

  • Hastie’s right: it’s time to protect ourselves

    Ross Babbage     |      August 19, 2019

    Andrew Hastie’s warning that an intellectual failure to accept that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s vision for the world will test our democratic values, economy, alliances and security as never before is the blunt wake-up call that Australians need.

  • It’s not in the national interest to soft pedal on China

    Michelle Grattan     |      August 13, 2019

    The government’s attempt to stifle backbench contributions to the growing debate on China’s intentions is shortsighted at best, as the issue will only grow more urgent in the years ahead.

  • Which side are we on?

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 10, 2019

    The protests in Hong Kong started over CEO Carrie Lam’s extradition bill and have turned into a defining issue for the trajectory of China as a state and a society, and for the Chinese state’s relationships internationally.

  • Australian universities must wake up to the risks of researchers linked to China’s military

    Clive Hamilton     |      July 20, 2019

    China’s aggressive program of acquiring technology from abroad should be a cause of concern for Australian universities. Yet, our system of vetting research collaborations is clearly broken, putting Australian security at risk.

  • Can China export its own authoritarian model?

    William Overholt     |      July 8, 2019

    Are Western leaders right to fear China’s attempts to spread its authoritarian model of government around the world, just as it has exported its manufactured goods?