China Matters Team

China Matters Ltd
ABN 19601328018
China Matters is registered as a charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).

China Matters is an independent organisation that strives to advance sound China policy. We are unique in Australia. We engage business executives, public servants, politicians, and university leaders about challenging policy choices in the Australia-China relationship. We generate public debate about Australia’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China, which aims to inject nuance and realism into discussions. On the basis of solid China expertise and Chinese-language sources, we research problematic policy issues with the goal of formulating recommendations and providing analysis on how these policy challenges are viewed in Beijing.

China Matters does not have an institutional view.


  • Jeremy Stevens - CFO/COO

    Jeremy Stevens


    Jeremy Stevens is CFO/COO at China Matters. Mr Stevens has 12 years’ experience in Banking and Finance, including four years as a senior treasury and risk management advisor at two local Chinese banks. His research interests include the global impact of China’s growing economic power and developments in international financial and security organisations. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and a Master of International Relations from the University of Sydney.

  • Mara Gonzales - Communications and Events Manager

    Mara Gonzales

    Communications and Events Manager

    Mara Gonzales is Communications and Events Manager at China Matters. Ms Gonzales held strategic marketing roles in banking, university and not-for-profit sectors in the last 12 years including six years of project and event management at the United States Studies Centre. She holds a Master of Project Management from the University of Sydney, Master of Business Administration from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

  • Ciara Morris - Policy Officer

    Ciara Morris

    Policy Officer

    Ciara Morris is a Policy Officer at China Matters. Prior to starting with China Matters, Ms Morris was a Government Affairs and Policy Research Intern with APCO Worldwide Beijing. She has ten years of experience working with not-for-profit organisations including UN Youth Australia, the Australia-China Youth Association, and the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Ms Morris is in her final year of an International Master of Public Administration with the School of Government at Peking University. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours I) in Government and International Relations and Chinese Studies from the University of Sydney. Ciara is a Mandarin speaker. Her main area of interest is PRC geopolitical ambitions in the Asia-Pacific region and Australian foreign policy responses.

  • Baopu He - Junior Fellow

    Baopu He

    Junior Fellow

    Baopu He is a fifth year student at the University of Sydney studying a Bachelor of Arts, where he majored in Japanese, and a Bachelor of Laws. Besides English and Mandarin, Baopu also has full professional proficiency in Japanese, having spent a year studying Japanese literature, language and politics at Waseda University before joining China Matters. He has previously worked as an editor at Honi Soit, the University of Sydney’s student newspaper, and for Sydney Speaks, an Australian Research Council project conducted by the ANU on multiculturalism and diversity in Australian English.

  • Joanna Chen - Intern

    Joanna Chen


    Joanna is in her fifth year studying a Bachelor of Law/Arts at the Australian National University. Having grown up in Hong Kong and interned in Guangzhou, she had the opportunity to explore the Australia-China relations in great depth. She is a recipient of the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship in 2019, where she studied Chinese Philosophy at Fudan University. After undertaking an internship at the Australia China Business Council, she became passionate about utilising her knowledge and experience to strengthen the bonds between Australia and China.