Relations with China

NARROWER TERMS
Report

A house divided: the AFRB and China's subnational diplomacy in Australia

This paper examines China’s subnational diplomacy in Australia and the suitability of Australia’s Foreign Relations Bill (AFRB) as a tool for countering it.
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The elite embrace

This paper traces the elitist evolution of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under leader, Xi Jinping, before examining the gap between Party elites and the masses. The author then outlines how China courts foreign elites, arguing that many Australian corporate, university, state and local government...
Working paper

Beyond Huawei and TikTok: untangling U.S. concerns over Chinese tech companies and digital security

This paper traces one aspect of the 'securitisation' of technology policy in U.S.-China relations. It seeks to identify and disaggregate the main challenges facing policymakers who are troubled by China’s growing technological power, as expressed through the actual or potential effects of Chinese technology companies...
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Too many eggs in the dragon’s basket?

Over the past six months, the Chinese government has either denied, or given indication of restricting, a range of Australian exports. Given that alternative or substitute markets either do not exist, or take time and market development to form, this paper argues that a strategic...
Discussion paper

American foreign policy and the 2020 Presidential election

This paper argues that the United States needs to recognise that Australia and others have interests both in engaging with and restraining China, providing support while avoiding counterproductive pressuring for bi-polarisation of the region.
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Beijing’s great game in the Indo-Pacific: future dynamics

This paper argues that the dynamics in the Indo-Pacific will now probably be predicated on pushback against China, which the world is already witnessing with the realignment of alliances, the rise of regional powers and American endurance.
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Economic coercion: boycotts and sanctions—preferred weapons of war

This report argues that the growing use of economic coercion by both China and the United States is an emerging risk for business and undermines the world trading system. The report traces the growing use of trade as an economic weapon, particularly over the last...
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The Chinese distant water fishing fleet and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing has been described as the leading maritime security threat and the Chinese distant water fishing fleet is likely to be the world’s leading perpetrator. While Beijing has taken steps to address wrongdoing in the Chinese fishing industry, it might continue...
Report

Xi’s UN speech: when rhetoric did not meet reality

General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations is a classic example of the Chinese Communist Party’s doublespeak. Almost every statement was hypocritical when examined in light of such CCP actions as the suppression...
Briefing paper

Post-pandemic governance in the Indo-Pacific

COVID-19 presents new challenges to the existing governance objectives of USAID’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, especially as great power competitors, like China, use the pandemic as a vehicle to further exacerbate existing democratic backsliding, corruption and disinformation.