Neican: 19 April 2020

Welcome to the first issue of China Neican 内参 on the China Story blog. Neican is a weekly brief on China issues that brings you concise, timely, and policy-focused analysis. Neican or “internal reference” are limited circulation reports only for the eyes of high-ranking officials in China, dealing with topics deemed too sensitive for public … more

Australia, China and COVID-19: Dependency in a Crisis

The rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world has heightened concerns about the unprecedented level of globalisation that characterises the world we live in – or lived in until 2020 began. In Australia, these concerns tend to focus on our ‘excessive reliance’ on China. Yet China’s vast economic resources and its government’s capacity to stimulate … more

COVID-19 racism echoes historical anti-Chinese sentiment

COVID-19 has resulted in racist abuse and unsubstantiated claims of hoarding against Chinese and other Asian-Australians. Narratives about disease and competition for resources echo themes in anti-Chinese campaigns during the 19th century that shaped Australia’s identity. The Australian government has failed to adopt policies to educate the community about casual racism, making these deeply rooted … more