Cooler headlines must prevail in Australia-China debates 

Chinese Ambassador Cheng’s supposed ‘threat’ to ‘boycott’ Australian goods dominated newspaper headlines across Australia last week. I’d like to explain here why I thought those headlines pushed the ‘news’ too far. The (Subjective) Facts After reading various newspaper reports, I found my way to the source of the information: an interview by Australian Financial Review … more

Launching China Story Yearbook: China Dreams

On April 16, Australian Centre on China in the World launched the China Story Yearbook: China Dreams through a webinar hosted by the Asia Society. In the webinar, Asia Society’s Richard Maude, Yearbook editor Jane Golley, and chapter authors Louisa Lim and Darren Lim discuss some of the many dreams, illusions, aspirations and nightmares that co-existed (and clashed) in 2019 in … 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