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James Laurenceson

James Laurenceson is Deputy Director and Professor at the Australia-China Relations Institute (UTS), University of Technology, Sydney.

He has previously held appointments at the University of Queensland, Shandong University (China) and Shimonoseki City University (Japan).

His research focuses exclusively on the Chinese economy and has been published in international, peer-reviewed journals including China Economic Review and China Economic Journal. Particular areas of interest include the study of China's business cycles and macroeconomic policy, productivity measurement at the provincial level and the Australia-China bilateral economic relationship.

Articles by James Laurenceson (6)

  • Ausgrid decision will hurt Australia-China relations

    Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison has blocked both Chinese companies bidding for a 50.4% share of the lease to operate New South Wales electricity distributor, Ausgrid. Morrison said the decision was taken on national security grounds. Somewhat ominously, Morrison's media release only refers to a 'review process' having identified critical power and communications services that Ausgrid provides, and no suitable mitigation measures available for the risks that arise.   But which part of the re
  • Chinese investment: Stay calm and ignore the defence hawks

    The lights are still on in Manila. That must come as quite a surprise to defence hawks who like to beat the drum that the sale of New South Wales electricity distributor Ausgrid to a Chinese company could compromise our national security and be contrary to the national interest. Last week, Peter Jennings, Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), wrote in the Australian Financial Review that we cannot afford to be naïve when it comes to Chinese investment in critica
  • Knockback of Dakang's bid for Kidman cattle stations doesn't bear scrutiny

    When he rejected the bid by Chinese company, Dakang for an 80% share of S Kidman and Co, Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison offered three reasons why it wasn’t in the national interest. Each of these three sits uncomfortably with previous deals that have cleared the approvals process.  This makes the Treasurer vulnerable to criticism that it is not threats to the national interest he is responding to but, rather, populist pressures around investment from China. The Treasurer's first objection