Why China Matters

China is important to Australia’s future.

It is essential for Australia to get its relationship with China right.

While public discourse in Australia on China is increasingly lively, it is critical to Australia’s future that it be better-informed.

Australians know that China is important to Australia, but many do not have a nuanced understanding of the reasons why nor do they fully appreciate the risks and opportunities involved in relations with China.


Our goals

China Matters was established to stimulate a realistic and nuanced discussion of China among Australian business, government and the security establishment, and advance sound policy.

The goals of this high-profile and high-impact effort are to expand awareness and understanding, inform public and elite opinions, and recommend solid policy in Australia on the complexities, opportunities, and challenges of Australia’s relationship with China.

This is a discrete and unique effort, different from other China undertakings in Australia in that it is independent, is not tied to any institution, and is focused exclusively from a policy perspective on China’s rise and how it matters to Australia.

We also think it is important to engage with people interested in China under the age of 35 who are working in the public or private sector. This is achieved through our China Matters Young Professionals project. We also strive to support young aspiring Australian foreign policy experts through our forty-day internship program.

Our Work

China Matters hosts biannual national meetings to bring together a diverse set of senior representatives from government, business and academia. We regularly engage with parliamentary representatives at our China Matters in Parliament forum. Our aim is to formulate recommendations to strengthen Australian policy toward China. Check out our Seventh National Meeting, held in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House.

China Matters board directors, advisory council and team members regularly publish commentary in Australian media which can be viewed on our public outreach page. Read Board Director, Allan Gyngell’s recent opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, “China problems are real but it’s no single minister’s fault“; and the book China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia, by Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson.

Read Linda Jakobson’s submissions to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. We now have our own policy brief publication China Matters Explores. This series focuses on individual tough issues in Australia’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China. Check out our latest edition, ‘Is there a problem with Australia’s China narrative?‘, co-authored by board directors, Stephen FitzGerald and Linda Jakobson. The previous edition, by Jackson Kwok examined Confucius Institutes.

China Matters is hiring!

Please see our recruitment pages below for:
Senior Policy Analyst
Communications and Events Manager
Administration Officer


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