AIIA China Matters Fellowship
Policy research report
In her second policy research report, Ms Yun Jiang, AIIA China Matters Fellow, assesses efforts by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to encourage the return of PRC-born scientists from abroad. Xi Jinping has made attracting returnee talent a priority to enable the PRC to achieve greater technological strength and self-reliance.
Yun argues that these sometimes controversial programs have not met their objectives. Many top scientists are reluctant to return because of domestic policies in the PRC. At the same time, scientists of Chinese heritage in the United States face greater scrutiny and suspicion. Australia has an opportunity to attract some of this top scientific talent caught between the two countries.
Read the full report here.
The inaugural AIIA China Matters Fellow is Ms Yun Jiang.
Ms Jiang was the co-founder and former editor of the newsletter China Neican, and a managing editor of the China Story blog. She has published and been cited widely on China-related topics, with a focus on Australia’s policies on the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
She is a former researcher in geoeconomics at the Australian National University and a former policy adviser in the Australian Government, having worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury and the Department of Defence. Her policy experience covers economics, national security, and foreign policy.
The AIIA China Matters Fellowship is an investment in the next generation of Australian China specialists. The Fellow, appointed for a two-year term, will publish well-researched and publicly accessible reports on developments in the PRC which are especially relevant to Australia. She will regularly publish opinion pieces in mainstream media and contribute in other ways to the public debate about the PRC and Australia-China relations.
The Fellowship is funded entirely by donations from Australian citizens and from wholly Australian-owned and -controlled companies or foundations. For a list of founding donors and supporters click here.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November 2022
“[L]ooking ahead, the party will have to deal with the most challenging period for the country in decades, as a pervasive sense of pessimism envelopes people inside the People’s Republic of China.”
Australian Institute of International Affairs NSW, 23 August 2022
Report launch: panel discussion
La Trobe Asia in collaboration with China Matters and the Australian Institute of International Affairs, 3 August 2022
Australian Financial Review, 5 August 2022
As tensions rise over Taiwan, Antarctica could provide opportunities for co-operation
and a way for Canberra to stabilise the relationship.
Policy Research Report
An in-depth analysis of China’s activities, policies and ambitions in Antarctica and what they mean for Australia.
The Canberra Times, 28 June 2022
“[W]hile the new government recognises the complexity and challenges in the bilateral relationship, it has also emphasised that “Australia values a productive relationship with China””
The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 June 2022
“The COVID lockdowns have only increased uncertainty and pressure for young Chinese.”
Podcast: Getting China-Australia relations out of a rut (Ear to Asia, 22 June 2022)
Op-ed: As the world sanctions Russia, China takes note (East Asia Forum, 30 May 2022)
Op-ed: Rejuvenating DFAT: increasing diversity and becoming less insular (The Interpreter, 24 May 2022)
Event: Rethinking China with Yun Jiang (5 May 2022)
Op-ed: Common enemies and instinctive friends (The Interpreter, 15 March 2022)