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Peter Cai

Peter Cai was of Australia-China relations at the Lowy Institute in 2021. Peter led the Institute’s China work in 2016, and is the author of the 2017 Lowy Institute Analysis Understanding China’s Belt And Road Initiative, which has become one of the world’s most consulted and popular pieces of research on the BRI.

Peter’s deep expertise has been honed through his diverse experiences in journalism, government, policy analysis and business. Most recently, Peter was Group Chief Advisor with Virgin Australia. He has worked at Treasury in the Foreign Investment Review Board Secretariat, focusing on state-owned enterprises and sovereign wealth fund investment policy. He has been a journalist with The Australian, Business Spectator, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, covering business and economic news. Peter has a master’s degree from Oxford University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Adelaide.

Articles by Peter Cai (13)

  • The Global Times and Beijing: A nuanced relationship

    How seriously should we take China's Global Times? This always interesting question is particularly pertinent after the nationalist tabloid took aim at Australia on Saturday, referring to Australia as a 'paper cat', and promising revenge for Australia's position on the South China Sea dispute.  As many foreign readers of the Global Times are already aware, it is a subsidiary of the People’s Daily, the principal propaganda publication of the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Beijing's control over Chinese-language media more pressing than Fairfax China Daily inserts

    Several leading Australia media outlets (including Fairfax media and Sky News) have signed distribution deals with the Propaganda Department of the ruling Chinese Communist Party. These deals were signed during the little-publicised tour by the country’s Grand Inquisitor, Liu Qibao, who is a member of the politburo and the minister for propaganda. These agreements have sparked concerns from leading Australian China experts like John Fitzgerald, who has written on the topic for this publication.
  • China's doves break cover to criticise foreign policy

    The Global Times is one of the favourite publications for Western journalists and pundits on China. The nationalist tabloid is known for its hawkish stance and colourful English language. If you are looking for a punchy quote, the Global Times never disappoints. The paper’s editor-in-chief Hu Xijing has a cult following in China. He is both reviled and loved. For the country’s liberals, Hu is the embodiment of China’s ills, nationalistic and ideological.
  • Taiwan's new foreign minister David Lee: Right man for a tough job

    The incoming Taiwanese president Dr Tsai Ing-wen has appointed Dr David Lee, the country’s de facto ambassador to Australia, as the island nation’s next foreign minister. The announcement has received bipartisan support, even from the outgoing foreign minister.  Dr Lee is one of the most senior officials from the country’s diplomatic services. He has served as the country’s de facto ambassador to Washington, Ottawa and as well as the European Union.
  • The Li Keqiang Index is dead, long live the new Li Keqiang Index

    Paul Krugman says all economic data is best viewed as a peculiarly boring genre of science fiction, but Chinese data is even more fictional than most. The Nobel laureate is not the first, and certainly will not be the last, to point out the unreliability of Chinese data. In fact, when the National Bureau of Statistics releases its data it's usually greeted with derision and disbelief.