The Australia-China Story Launched

On 24 November 2015, the website, The Australia-China Story, created by the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), was launched at Parliament House in Canberra by the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh, a parliamentarian, public intellectual and member of the CIW Advisory Board. Dr Leigh also formally launched the 2014 China Story Yearbook: Shared Destiny in … more

Wang Gungwu 王赓武 on Living Chinese History

In his recent work, the renowned historian Wang Gungwu 王赓武 has from various angles discussed ideas about Chinese civilisation, holistic Chinese approaches to understanding the country’s place in global affairs and the world order in the twenty-first century. Grounded in his profound scholarship on China, South-east Asia and enriched by his capacious understanding of world … more

易: A Cable into the Abyss of a Darker Time

The I Ching 易經, or Book of Change, is not just a Chinese book, it is the Chinese book. John Minford‘s translation of this book of books was published by Viking Penguin in October 2014. His introduction to that book, itself a masterful overview of this Chinese classic and its international fate, was an edited-down version of … more

Hong Kong: China’s Other

It is over a year since a mass political protest movement broke out in Hong Kong and, for a time, overwhelmed the business and government centres of that Special Administrative Region of China. As repression of the movement and its legacies continues in fits and starts, two scholars, Li Zhiyu and Mark McConaghy, reflect on … more

Everything Old is New Again: some Confucian websites

This year, 2015, marks a century since a clutch of Chinese public figures, politicians and thinkers discombobulated by the collapse of the dynastic system in 1912 and the end of two millennia of state Confucianism promoted the establishment of Confucianism as modern China’s national religion. The following sites promote Confucian thought, education, culture and ethics … more

China, Australia and the Wider World

Kerry Brown has been the Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. During his time here he has engaged with the Australia-China relationship, and scholarship on China in Australia, in its varied dimensions. He kindly agreed to offer some reflections on his experience in Australia in response to questions posed by Rebecca … more

Welcome, Comrade Ambassador!

Comrade Ambassador: Whitlam’s China Envoy, the memoir of Stephen FitzGerald, Australia’s first ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, was launched at the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) by the Centre’s new director, Benjamin Penny, on 18 September 2015. The launch featured a musical prologue (Ben, aware that Steve, a JS Bach … more