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09 Mar 2016

This article suggests that Australia should institute greater scrutiny in examining potential Chinese investment in the country. Noting that PRC capital is being employed as a strategic tool regionally, and that all major corporate leaders in China are necessarily linked with the Communist Party...

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09 Dec 2015

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Few strategic issues have galvanised public attention in Australia as the decision by the Northern Territory Government to lease key facilities in the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company, Landbridge. This Strategic Insights brings together items published on our...

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01 Dec 2015

Australia needs to understand how the  China-Australia Free Trade Agreement constitutes a key plank in China's global strategic aspirations, as part of the “Chinese Dream”.

The PRC's desire to achieve the economic dependence of Australia on China is part of a broader global...

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01 Dec 2015

Despite the apparent optimism about the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and its benefits for Australia, some aspects of the agreements are very worrying.

These include that the PRC has very obviously targeted the import of Chinese labour into Australia as a key element of the...

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24 Nov 2015

This article examines the State Grid Corporation of China’s bid for the NSW electricity transmission network TransGrid. It looks at the nature of State Grid, its global acrivities and  the problems it is facing. It also underlines that State Grid networks carry the communications of the People’s...

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24 Nov 2015

This article argues that the Chinese purchase of the century-long lease to the port of Darwin is part of a broader expansionist agenda of the Chinese state as it attempts to dominate the western Pacific under the “Chinese Dream” aspiration. It shows the importance of Darwin for China in broader...

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18 Nov 2015

Proceeding from the new access granted to People's Liberation Army (PLA) Naval vessels to the Malaysian port of Kota Kinabalu, the commentary asks why this should have occurred now given that Chinese ships have for years been anchored in Malaysian waters claiming them as part of Chinese...

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11 Nov 2015

An account of the creation of an armed militia within the Chinese company Landbridge, underlining the close links between the People's Liberation Army and this company which has secured a  99-year lease over the Port of Darwin

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09 Nov 2015

This study examines the 99-year lease to Darwin Port sold to Chinese firm Landbridge. It suggests that the examination of the security concerns of this deal by the Australian Government were excessively perfunctory, probably because the company was listed as a "private enterprise". This claim is...

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07 Aug 2015

As a new key plank in its economic statecraft, China has determined that it will shift much of its labour-intensive industry offshore to relieve saturated domestic markets, allow the manufacturers to avail themselves of cheaper labour in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa, bring the ...

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