China

Kevin Rudd on Jiang Zemin, steward of China’s rise
Kevin Rudd on Jiang Zemin, steward of China’s rise
Jiang Zemin will be seen as a major figure in modern Chinese history. This is because he became the political vehicle through which Deng Xiaoping’s reform program of the 1980s…
Getting the narrative right: China’s media reach in Indonesia
Getting the narrative right: China’s media reach in Indonesia
As China’s President Xi Jinping arrived in Bali a fortnight ago to attend the G20 summit, Indonesian public network Televisi Republik Indonesia began airing “Classics Quoted by Xi…
The chips are down for China
Commentary
The chips are down for China
Forget Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Covid or war in Taiwan. A package of US export restrictions is set to kneecap China. Originally published in The Australian.
Why “Covid zero” is now the biggest China threat
Commentary
Why “Covid zero” is now the biggest China threat
China is stuck in the lockdown mentality because it initially worked. It’s now strangling the economy and beginning to trigger serious unrest. Originally published in the…
 A symbolic, stabilising step is one thing – but do Australia and China have enough shared interests for progress?
Commentary
A symbolic, stabilising step is one thing – but do Australia and China have enough shared interests for progress?
Anthony Albanese and Xi Jinping’s meeting comes in a world where the geopolitical dynamics have changed too much for a ‘reset’ to occur. Originally published in The Guardian.
“Big differences to manage”: Albanese and Xi put a value on diplomacy
“Big differences to manage”: Albanese and Xi put a value on diplomacy
At one level, the meeting was mainly symbolic, Anthony Albanese and Xi Jinping smiling and warmly shaking hands on the sidelines of the G20 in Bali after years of top-level…
Putting food at the heart of China-Indonesia relations
Putting food at the heart of China-Indonesia relations
As regional leaders gathered for the ASEAN summit in Cambodia last week, a sideline meeting also took place with China. For all the talk about regional rivalries amid growing…
CCP: Who makes up the party
CCP: Who makes up the party
These first three charts, taken together, tell you a lot about the Chinese Communist Party. The ones on age and gender make China an outlier compared with many other countries…
Nationalist propaganda at a screen near you
Nationalist propaganda at a screen near you
Every country has its national myths – the beliefs and narratives that serve as the foundation of its national identity. These myths find expression through a nation’s culture. A…
An explanation for the decline of China’s aid in the Pacific
An explanation for the decline of China’s aid in the Pacific
The dataset for the Lowy Institute Pacific Aid Map project has charted the fluctuating levels of China’s aid in the region. Between 2008 and 2016, the disbursed amount of Chinese…