Board Director Bates Gill, and ANU Professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies, provided expert commentary for an editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald. It was a reminder that we are far less important to our largest trading partner than it is to us. As China becomes bolder in its ambition, our politicians cannot avoid responding to alarm over Chinese foreign investment and the type of influence-peddling highlighted by the Sam Dastyari affair. Questions that were overlooked when the economic times were good will need to be debated. Amid a deepening sense of unease about what kind of partner China is, we are entering a period of welcome sharper scrutiny of how our economic interests can best be balanced with our core civic values and national security.
(12 September 2016 The Sydney Morning Herald) Read more here.