Christian Edwards – China hints at Aussie gain amid Trump pain

In a piece published in Australian Banking Finance, Christian Edwards quotes China Matters Project Coordinator and Researcher Hannah Bretherton on the future of economic relations between China and Australia.

Ms Bretherton argues that “many of China’s economic challenges stem from it not being open enough” to global integration and sees future opportunities for Australian business as China opens itself up to foreign investment. She also suggests that Australia should focus its energies away from the uncertain TPP and towards the RCEP.

Click here to read the full piece on the Australian Banking Finance website.

Pedagogy or profiteering? Chinese students in Australia’s higher education sector

In a piece published in the East Asia Forum, China Matters Research Assistant Jacinta Keast writes on the place of international students in Australia’s higher education system.

Ms Keast warns of the financial risk posed by over reliance on one student group. She argues that it is necessary for Australian universities to “balance their desire to increase Chinese international student numbers with maintaining academic standards” and “improve Chinese students’ engagement with Australian society and the university community.”

Click here to read the full piece on the East Asia Forum website. 

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Jacinta Keast: Hong Kong’s disaffected youths – is the criticism warranted?

China Matters Research Assistant Jacinta Keast writes on two young legislators who were barred from Hong Kong’s legislative council after offending mainland China. She argues that “more and more Hong Kong residents feel that the long arm of Beijing’s soft power is extending over the territory” and that “youths are also, understandably, concerned about the slippery slope of Chinese politics—limits on who could be elected could lead to no direct elections at all”.

Click here to read the piece, published by Young Australians in International Affairs.

Trump’s phone call with Taiwan – calculated or reckless?

Former Ambassador to China Geoff Raby writes in the Australian Financial Review on President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and what it means for Australia. Mr Raby argues that the first direct contact in 40 years between American and Taiwanese leaders should be a warning sign for Australia not to be ‘locked at the hip’ with the US. He states that “this was a planned and calculated decision by the Trump team … to massively recalibrate relations with China” and that “Australia can no longer take comfort in alliance relationships”.

Read the article here.

Peter Costello: China surprisingly positive about Trump

In an interview on the ABC’s 7.30 program, Peter Costello said that China is surprisingly positive about the result of the US election. Mr Costello recently led a High Level Dialogue delegation to China which included China Matters Founding Director Linda Jakobson. He states in the interview that by signalling the end of the TPP, Trump has made room for China to step in with the RCEP. Mr Costello also argues that “This idea that somehow we can become an arbiter between China and the US is not right”.

Watch the full interview by clicking here.

Australia needs to get serious about foreign policy

In an opinion piece in the East Asia Forum, China Matters Board Director Allan Gyngell argues that the Government’s forthcoming foreign policy White Paper will need to consider a range of new dynamics for securing Australia’s place in the world. He argues that the US will  be less dominant in the late 20th century and that China will play a larger role in shaping the world order.

Click here to read the piece.

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Australia will be more important to the US under Trump

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Peter Jennings, Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, states that the ANZUS alliance should be further strengthened under the leadership of Donald Trump. Mr Jennings argues that Australia will become more important to the US and that Prime Minister Turnbull should increase military engagement with the US in the Middle East and the South China Sea.

To read the article, click here.

Bates Gill: The Pivot, Past and Future

In a piece for The Diplomat, China Matters Board Director Dr Bates Gill analyses President Obama’s pivot to Asia, outlining the development of the concept and assessing the prospects for its future. See an excerpt from the piece below.

In November 2009, on his first visit to Asia as president, Barack Obama declared in Japan: “There must be no doubt. As America’s first Pacific president, I promise you that this Pacific nation will strengthen and sustain our leadership in this vitally important part of the world.”

Two years later, standing before the Australian parliament in Canberra, he presented a more detailed vision of America’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific, saying, “So let there be no doubt: In the Asia Pacific in the 21st century, the United States of America is all in.” A month earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s high-profile article in Foreign Policy on “America’s Pacific Century” explained why and how the country must “pivot to new global realities” and fully embrace the opportunities of the dynamic Asia-Pacific in the 21st century.

In introducing the “pivot” – the word itself evoking muscularity, athleticism, agility – the Obama administration set a very high bar for American influence and action in the Asia-Pacific. The policy can point to many successes. But as Obama’s time in office comes to an end, the pivot looks like it is in trouble. President-elect Donald Trump now faces a range of challenges for U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific, many of them self-inflicted.

To read the full article visit The Diplomat.

China’s warning for Australia: don’t side with Trump

Reporting on the recent 1.5 track Australia-China High Level Dialogue, Peter Hartcher says that China believes the US has overstretched its global role and will focus on fixing domestic problems under the Trump Presidency. During the dialogue, Australian and Chinese delegates agreed that although the US and Europe are retreating from trade and investment proposals, Australia and China are both committed to free trade and the two can become a global exemplar.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald report here.