Australia’s China in 1976: an ambassador’s advice

On 18 September 2015, Comrade Ambassador: Whitlam’s China Envoy published by Melbourne University Press, a memoir by Stephen FitzGerald, was launched at the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW). Previously, Steve, Australia’s first ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (1973-1976), wrote a book-length essay titled Australia and China at Forty — Stretch of the … more

The Last Refuge of the Patriot: a list of websites

In the afterglow of the 3 September mass martial display in Beijing (see ‘Parading the People’s Republic‘), we thought readers might be interested in maintaining an understanding of mainland Chinese (and global Chinese) patriotic fervour. To that end, our colleague Xia Keyu at Danwei has compiled the following list of pro-patria, pro-party websites. — The Editors _______________ Patriots Site … more

Parading the People’s Republic

In light of the 3 September 2015 mega military parade held at Tiananmen Square in Beijing both to mark the seventieth anniversary of the end of Second Sino-Japanese War in 1945 and to acclaim the achievements of Xi Jinping, China’s Chairman of Everything (for the Chinese media logorrhea related to the parade, see The China Story … more

China & ANU: exhibiting a history

On 28 May 2015, an exhibition titled ‘China & ANU — Diplomats, Adventurers, Scholars‘ opened at the Gallery of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW). The exhibition, which runs until 18 September this year, was formally opened by Jack Waterford, a noted Canberra-based writer, journalist and editor. It traces the early history of … more

In a Field of Red Ruins: Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible

The following essay is the text of a speech made by Geremie R Barmé, Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, at the opening of Yang Zhichao: Chinese Bible, 楊志超《中國聖經》(2009), an installation curated by Claire Roberts for the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF Project 26), Paddington, Sydney, 16 May 2015. — The Editors … more

Shaun Wang Interviews Zhang Peili

We thank Shaun Wang 王上 for allowing us to reproduce excerpts from his bilingual book Motive 动机, published by China International Press in August 2014.  Shaun is the son of two celebrated artists, Wang Gongxin王功新 and Lin Tianmiao 林天苗.  Motive is his second book. His first book, Twelve Days in Vastness, a record of his journey to Xinjiang, … more

Conflict in the East China Sea: Would ANZUS Apply?

Nick Bisley and Brendan Taylor The following article is an extract from the Australia China Research Institute (ACRI) publication Conflict in the East China Sea: Would ANZUS apply?, launched on Monday 3 November at the Australian Centre on China in the World. Despite the moderated tone in Sino-Japanese relations prior to the November 2014 APEC … more

A New Australia-China Agenda

THE AUSTRALIAN Centre on China in the World (CIW) engages with the public and policy discussion of relations with the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese world more broadly. A New Australia-China Agenda: Experts on the Australia-China Relationship edited by Geremie R Barmé and Ryan Manuel is our contribution to the important election year of 2013 and to the … more