Relations with China

Commentary

7 Dec 2018

Darwin is now on the front line in managing tensions between Australia’s most important strategic ally and partner and its major trading partner.

Report

27 Nov 2018

Does China seek to nurture and develop its ties to the Middle East as a prerequisite towards supplanting the United States as the security guarantor and primary extra-regional power there?

Report

20 Nov 2018

This report argues that if American policymakers can make sound decisions about how to evolve the capabilities, operating concepts and posture of their armed forces, and embed these in sensible policies for the region, a balance of power can be sustained.

Policy report

The Chinese military’s collaboration with foreign universities
30 Oct 2018

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is expanding its research collaboration with universities outside of China. Since 2007, the PLA has sponsored more than 2,500 military scientists and engineers to study abroad and has developed relationships with researchers and institutions across the globe.

Report

29 Oct 2018

The purpose of this report is not to deny that China’s behaviour can present challenges to Australia’s national interest. It is essential that Australian responses to China’s rise and its behaviour are grounded in facts and evidence.

Report

23 Oct 2018

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between India, the US, Japan and Australia (the Quad, sometimes referred to as the QSD) was initiated more than a decade ago, but fell apart after Australia withdrew support in 2008. The four members restarted the idea (Quad 2.0) on the...

Report

Views from ASPI
10 Oct 2018

Australia’s 5G network is critical national infrastructure and this was one of the most important policy decisions the government had to make this year.

Report

9 Oct 2018

As it is doing with Saudi Arabia, and in keeping with President Xi Jinping’s political dictum of demonstrating to the world that China’s great rejuvenation has begun and that it is prepared to take its rightful place at or near the very top of the...

Report

2 Oct 2018

Even though China did not have a diplomatic relationship with Saudi Arabia until 1990, ties between the two countries have expanded rapidly since then. Energy products have formed the basis of a bilateral relationship that has, by and large, been of mutual benefit to both...

Report

13 Sep 2018

The Sino-Indonesian relationship is complicated. While there is a mutual economic requirement to maintain bilateral relations, China’s geopolitical imperatives and Indonesia’s suspicions, coupled with its underlying ethnic tensions, combine to constrain it.

Report

30 Aug 2018

This report identifies the management of one conundrum above all else as the key to the BRI’s fortunes from a Chinese perspective: the ability to retain sufficient support from the world’s governments and institutions as a means of both underpinning its business case and heading...

Discussion paper

30 Aug 2018

In this Centre of Gravity paper, Christopher B. Roberts, Director of the National Asian Studies Centre at the University of Canberra and a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, argues that Francis Fukuyama’s famous ‘end of history’ thesis is being challenged by...

Report

28 Aug 2018

This report examines the current 'trade war' between the US and China and assesses the consequences if it stays limited or expands globally.

Audio interview

10 Jul 2018

New Zealand's recently released Strategic Defence Policy Statement has some frank language about China's actions in the South China Sea and its wider ambitions, and Beijing isn't happy about it.

Report

28 Jun 2018

This report argues that democratic governments must become more proactive in countering the CCP’s extension of social credit. This includes planning ahead and moving beyond reactive reciprocal responses.

Report

25 Jun 2018

The aim of this project is to derive a set of reliable itineraries of Chinese tourists in Western Australia by taking advantage of information available on the Internet, in order to provide consumer and market insights and the potential for tourism industry management.

Report

7 Jun 2018

This report examines Chinese investment in Australia for the calendar year 2017 and incorporates the latest Chinese Investors in Australia Survey. This special edition provides some timely insights into the perceptions of the Australian investment climate by Chinese investors, as well as the key challenges...

Policy report

29 May 2018

This report provides an in-depth look at the increasingly sophisticated censorship methods being used on foreign embassies on Weibo and provides a series of recommendations for foreign governments, including Australia, to address these policy challenges.

Report

29 May 2018

Over the past year, there has been a growing interest in the vision of a “free and open Indo-Pacific”. While the term Indo-Pacific has enjoyed growing use over the last decade among analysts and policymakers in the United States and Australia, a number of more...

Report

28 May 2018

China’s growing influence is a delicate puzzle for the international community, which must welcome a transformed power without acquiescing in the destruction of the global diplomatic infrastructure. This report claims that New Zealand’s business, political and intellectual elite have all been targeted by the Chinese...

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