China Matters Young Professionals is a project of China Matters that was established in 2016 to provide a unique platform for Australians in the early stages of their careers to examine, debate and publish on policy issues pertaining to the Australia-China relationship.
The Young Professionals project aims to create a dialogue between outstanding young individuals aged 35 or under who work in business and the public service, especially those dealing with foreign policy and security issues as well as trade and investment flows between Australia and China.
Is Australia’s trade ‘too’ dependent on the PRC?
STANCE #28 – MAY EDITION
Trade was essential to the bilateral relationship between Australia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) long before the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1972. The government-owned Wheat Board started exporting wheat to the PRC in 1960, when the young Communist regime was experiencing the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-1961. When Gough Whitlam first visited Beijing as opposition leader in 1971, he shrewdly used the decline of Australia’s wheat export to the PRC as a matter of concern, turning it into an opportunity to open the ‘door of China’s forbidden city’ for Australia. At that time, ‘the separation of politics and trade’ was seen as an artificial divide.
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