Relations with China

NARROWER TERMS


Report

Chinese whispers: China’s media influence and pushback in Australia and Asia

The author of this paper argues that Australia has performed better in curtailing the influence of China on media than most countries in East and Southeast Asia. It is suggested that these countries stay alert and work together to forge a cross-nation network in exchange...
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Countering Chinese coercion: multilateral responses to PRC economic pressure campaigns

The authors of this paper propose that the United States should help establish a multilateral mechanism through informal consultations, an existing body, or the creation of a new entity consisting of willing partners, to monitor and respond to Chinese economic pressure that undermines the operations...
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Sharper choices: how Australia can make better national security decisions

The author of this paper argues that a new national security strategy for Australia would help guide policy-makers, but strengthening the decision-making process would do more to improve the quality of national security decisions.
Briefing paper

China and the challenge to global order

The authors of this paper argue that while China poses a modest security threat to the United States, it does pose a major challenge to the overall global economic and political order.
Report

Many hands: Australia-US contributions to Southeast Asian maritime security resilience

This report brings together four leading experts from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, to explore what role Australia and the United States could play in supporting more robust maritime security capabilities with their countries.
Briefing paper

"Reunification" with Taiwan through force would be a Pyrrhic victory for China

Many commentators and officials speculate about Beijing’s plans to compel 'reunification' with Taiwan. This analysis helps clarify what could be at stake for the world, and reaffirms the importance of deterring Beijing from contemplating a military attack on Taiwan.
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Western Australia's trade and economic relationship with China

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre was recently approached by the Australia China Business Council to evaluate the benefits of Western Australia’s trade, export and investment activity with China to the State’s households. This report outlines the findings.
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Can rubber meet the Road: reassessing US and Indo-Pacific allies’ infrastructure responses to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

In this report, the author argues that by increasing flexibility, focusing on strategic infrastructure, and being proactive not reactive, the United States and its allies stand a greater chance of drawing countries away from China’s Belt and Road Initiative and reducing its strategic risks.
Policy report

Frontier influencers: the new face of China’s propaganda

This report explores how the Chinese party-state’s globally focused propaganda and disinformation capabilities are evolving and increasing in sophistication. Concerningly, this emerging approach by the Chinese party-state to influence international discourse on China, including obfuscating its record of human rights violations, is largely flying under...
Policy report

Suppressing the truth and spreading lies

This report explores how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using a range of influence channels to shape, promote and suppress messages in the Solomon Islands information environment. Through an examination of CCP online influence in the aftermath of the Honiara riots in late 2021...
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China’s role in supplying critical minerals for the global energy transition: what could the future hold?

The world faces major challenges in responsibly sourcing large quantities of minerals that are critical for the transition to low-carbon energy sources. This report analyses how China's strategic position in regard to critical minerals may evolve, to shed light on current and emerging challenges for...
Policy report

Assessing the impact of CCP information operations related to Xinjiang

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using technology to enforce transnational digital repression and influence unwitting audiences beyond China’s territory. The impact of these operations isn’t widely understood, and the international community has failed to adequately respond to the global challenges posed by the CCP’s...
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Turning point? Putin, Xi, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine

At their Beijing summit in February 2022, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed a 'friendship without limits.' Yet Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and the Chinese response to it, has exposed the limitations of the Sino–Russian partnership, argues Bobo Lo in this...
Book

China Story yearbook 2021: contradiction

This book offers an accessible take on this complex and contradictory moment in the history of China and of the world.
Report

The two technospheres

The divergence of the Western and Chinese technospheres is a critical driver of cybersecurity concerns requiring the attention of both governments and the private sector around the world. This report provides a set of recommendations for action to mitigate the growing cybersecurity risks posed by...
Book

Taking the low road: China's influence in Australian states and territories

This publication explores the changing nature of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) engagement with Australian states and territories, local governments, city councils, universities, research organisations and non-government organisations nested in Australian civil society.
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From "China shock" to deglobalisation shock: China's WTO accession and US economic engagement 20 years on

This report evaluates some of the widely held assumptions about the implications of China’s reintegration into the world economy; the “China shock” to the US economy; the supposed failure of US economic engagement with China; and the role of the World Trade Organization.
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The Internet of Things: China’s rise and Australia’s choices

The Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting a growing range of economic and social activity across national borders. This trend threatens to disadvantage Australia and requires policies to build up the country’s own technological capacities, while devising innovative ways to manage the risks entailed in...
Policy report

China’s cyber vision

This report provides a primer on the roots of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) within China’s policy system, and sheds light on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) intentions to use cyberspace as a tool for shaping discourse domestically and internationally.
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A geoeconomic alliance: the potential and limits of economic statecraft

This policy report explains the concept of geoeconomic statecraft and the evolution of geoeconomic thinking from classical political economy, through the Cold War and post-Cold War periods, and in the more contemporary context of US-China strategic rivalry.
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Economic coercion in Indo-Pacific island states: building resilience

Indo-Pacific island states face diverse challenges as they grapple with their own unique vulnerabilities to the geopolitical consequences of growing strategic competition in the region. This report explores the vulnerability of island states to economic coercion and the risks they face in navigating the growing...
Policy report

The Philippines caught between appeasing and constraining China: how Australia can help tip the balance

This paper examines the ongoing clash in the Philippines between government officials who favour appeasement, on the one hand, and those pushing for a policy of constrainment towards China in the South China Sea on the other – and how Australia can help tip the...
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Iron ore futures: possible paths for Australia’s biggest trade with China

The iron ore market is wrong-footing forecasters again, as it has throughout the last 20 years. This report argues that Australia’s troubled relationship with China will be influenced by which path the iron ore market takes over the medium term.
Discussion paper

Scott Morrison’s giant nuclear election ploy

Australia’s decision to join with the United States and the United Kingdom to build Australian long-range nuclear-powered submarines has little to do with the defence of Australia, writes Allan Behm.
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New beginnings: rethinking business and trade in an era of strategic clarity and rolling disruption

This special report considers the relationship between Australia's business and trade positioning in the context of the impacts of COVID-19, natural disasters and the actions of coercive trading partners.