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The Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) is an independent, non-partisan research institute established in 2014 by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Chinese studies centres exist in other Australian universities. UTS:ACRI, however, is Australia’s first and only research institute devoted to studying the relationship of these countries. UTS:ACRI seeks to inform Australia’s engagement with China through research, analysis and dialogue grounded in scholarly rigour. The ACRI Podca ...
 
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Stephen Soukup, author and publisher of The Political Forum, joins JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and intern Peter Spence to discuss his new book, "The Dictatorship of Woke Capital". Soukup's book examines the methodical takeover by the left of big business and finance over the last decade and the danger that this poses to our nation. Snedeke…
 
Author and Professor Scott Yenor joins JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and intern Peter Spence to discuss his new book, "The Recovery of Family Life". Professor Yenor's book explores the problems that the institution of the family is facing in modern society, the causes of these problems, and concrete solutions that we can implement to ensure …
 
Author and Professor Greg Collins joined JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and intern Chance Cook to discuss his new book, “Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke’s Political Economy”. Collins’s book explores the intersection of Edmund Burke’s economic thought and views on natural law in light of newly discovered manuscripts and data. Prof. Collin…
 
Ilya Shapiro joins Garrett Snedeker and Spencer Reeves to discuss his book, "Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court," which concerns the partisan battles over Supreme Court nominations that have become a focal point of judicial politics in the past few decades. He discusses the history of partisan Supreme…
 
Robert Reilly walks us through his book, America on Trial, which pushes back on recent theorists who have argued that the American founding brought with it the "Poison Pill" of modern liberalism. He goes through in detail, the traditions of thought that lead to the American founding, arguing that it has its roots in Natural Law and the medieval con…
 
After the unexpected collapse of the Soviet Union, the categories of Left and Right continue to be used to describe political ideologies, despite their historic ambiguity and a shared utopian root. The idealistic belief that a perfect world is possible continues to dwell on existential hope for messianic salvation. This belief lay at the heart of t…
 
Shoshana Weissmann is the senior manager of digital media and a fellow at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank. She oversees RSI’s social media, email marketing, and website while also working and writing on a variety of policy and regulatory subjects. She also likes SpongeBob. Jon Schweppe is the Director of Policy and Government Affai…
 
In this episode of the UTS:ACRI Podcast’s new series delivering analysis of COVID-19 and its impacts within the context of the Australia-China relationship, UTS:ACRI Director Professor James Laurenceson is joined by Professor Xie Tao, Dean of the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at Beijing Foreign Studies University and UTS:ACRI Adju…
 
In this episode of the UTS:ACRI Podcast’s new series delivering analysis of COVID-19 and its impacts within the context of the Australia-China relationship, UTS:ACRI Director Professor James Laurenceson is joined by Dr Jeffrey Wilson, Research Director at the Perth USAsia Centre and a specialist in the regional economic integration of the Indo-Paci…
 
As the unprecedented public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to permeate into both daily life and the broader currents of international affairs, it is clear that what began as an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in mainland China has mutated into a globalised ‘grey rhino’ event with significant second-order implications for the Austr…
 
An increasingly scrutinised aspect of Australia's relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is collaboration – particularly between universities – in scientific research, especially into what are deemed sensitive fields such as artificial intelligence (AI).Artificial intelligence (AI) has in in recent years received widespread attentio…
 
Nationalism has a complex history in post-Qing dynasty China, such that there are few – if any – absolutes in the conceptualisations and manifestations of its various forms. However, it has retained several distinct characteristics throughout the 20th century and early 21st century. Common premises include both pride in ‘5000 years of Chinese civil…
 
Conceptually defined as a program of connectivity enhancement and written into the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) charter in 2017, the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a key pillar of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) foreign policy agenda. But the BRI is the subject of strong criticism, seen as it is as Beijing’s strategy to erode t…
 
The development and uptake of cyber-systems has been rapid and widespread in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The PRC government has consequently sought to develop a stronger cybersecurity policy, with President Xi Jinping personally taking control of the Cyberspace Administration of China. It also seeks to promote its concept of cyber-soverei…
 
As the Australia-China bilateral relationship has grown since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in 1972, discourse on the relationship has tended to be dominated by economic and strategic issues. Human rights are a part of the relationship that sometimes struggles to get the attention given to developments in the economic and strateg…
 
As China’s domestic economy and per capita income has grown since the beginning of the Chinese government’s ‘reform and opening up’ strategy, the opportunities presented by the Chinese market for global businesses have become widely known. Yet the bulk of international attention is focused on a few large cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Gua…
 
The Pacific has become much more central to foreign policy discussions in Australia over the last few years, with clear political bipartisanship on the need to forge closer ties with Pacific nations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison in November last year declared that Australia would ‘step up’ in the Pacific and take its engagement with the region to …
 
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Japan have long had a fraught relationship, with tensions deeply rooted in history. The rift between the two countries was deepened by an escalation of friction over the East China Sea in 2012. In May 2018 Beijing and Tokyo agreed to set up a security hotline to avoid accidental clashes in the East China Sea…
 
Since early 2017, there have been disturbing reports of the arbitrary extrajudicial detention of ethnic and religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang province. What does the evidence show about the function and scale of the facilities? How have Chinese state media portrayed the situation in Xinjiang? What should foreign governments, including Austra…
 
December 2018 marks three years since the China-Australia Free Trade Agreeement (ChAFTA) entered into force. What is the significance of the agreement? What impact has ChAFTA had on Australian businesses? Has it aided their internationalisation and operation in the Chinese market?Tamara Oyarce, PhD Candidate and Sessional Lecturer at the University…
 
The Australian government regularly expresses concern about territorial disputes in the South China Sea and China’s militarisation of disputed features there. But what is the Australian government doing about it, and has it been effective? Andrew Chubb, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program, and Fellow of the Perth…
 
When Australia talks about China, the China Opportunity and the China Challenge forms part of the discourse. The China Opportunity reflects the enormous economic benefits that Australia already derives from its $184 billion trade relationship with China. The China Challenge reflects the reality that as China has risen in wealth and power, some of i…
 
Russia-China relations have a complex history. Recently, with the Trump administration’s hardening China policy, often contradictory Russia policy, and perceived abandonment of US allies and partners, Russia and China appear closer than ever.Where do their interests converge and diverge? Is their relationship characterised by ‘strategic intimacy’, …
 
In Australia, discussion of the current state and future of the international order is thriving. This discussion has been precipitated by the People’s Republic of China (PRC)’s growing economic and political importance, as well as questions surrounding US commitment to the existing order. How do the Australian and PRC governments understand the int…
 
While the Asia-Pacific region has well-developed institutional infrastructure, its physical infrastructure lags behind. This constrains economic integration and undermines development efforts. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as well as infrastructure initiatives introduced by other countries, seek to fill these gaps.How has the Australian g…
 
Australia faces an international environment unlike any it has faced since becoming an independent foreign policy player in the 1940s. The economic and political rise of China, uncertainty about US leadership and power, and concerns regarding the sustainability of existing institutions have resulted in a sense of anxiety. Have Australia’s responses…
 
Australia-China relations are currently strained. There is much media discussion about international students and political donors from China. However, views of Chinese-Australians appear to receive less consideration. What does the Chinese-Australian community think about the current debate? What role do Chinese-Australians play in the Australia-C…
 
New Zealand and Australia are geographically close, and similar in many ways. When it comes to China policy, there are similarities but also important differences. Both countries have witnessed intensifying debate about Chinese Government influence or interference; the extent to which our countries should be involved in the Belt and Road Initiative…
 
We like to think of Australia as a multicultural and inclusive nation. But a new report, 'Leading for change: A blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership revisited', reveals that despite the cultural diversity of Australia’s population, the majority of leadership in business, politics, government and higher education remains overwhe…
 
For about a year now, there has been heated debate about Chinese international students on Australian university campuses. In 2017 media reported on four incidents involving Chinese students protesting lecture content. Some commentators have claimed that Chinese students are brainwashed prior to arrival, spy or protest on behalf of the Chinese Gove…
 
In recent years, China’s aid in the Pacific has come under increased scrutiny. Some suggest that China’s infrastructure projects and loans lead to unsustainable levels of debt for countries in the region, and that aid programs could lead to pro-China policy positions. The Chinese government has recently announced the formation of the International …
 
Australia is a country built on immigration, and the Chinese diaspora forms an important part of Australian society. Yet there is often a lack of understanding about this community. Who are the ‘new Chinese’? What are their experiences of living in Australia? What are their views about the People’s Republic of China (PRC)? What are their aspiration…
 
The term ‘Indo-Pacific’ is increasingly used by Australian academics and policymakers to describe the region in which Australia is located. It is often argued that with China’s – and Asia’s – growing economic importance to Australia, the country faces an identity crisis as it comes to terms with its geographical position, as well as its historical …
 
Some analysts suggest that China’s long-term economic development prospects are stymied by its ageing population, and claim that China will ‘grow old before it gets rich’. Does this mean China will never get rich? Are countries more likely to become rich if their population is young? How do Australia’s ageing population challenges compare with Chin…
 
Some observers describe China as an authoritarian regime or dictatorship. China is often perceived in these terms due to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) apparent control over every aspect of China’s political life. Are there elements of democracy in China’s political system? What are the implications of the recent constitutional amendment remov…
 
As Australia’s relationship with China expands, improved China literacy and a grasp of the Chinese language are becoming increasingly important. Despite this, studies indicate the numbers of fluent non-native speakers and learners of Chinese at all stages of education remain low. Why aren’t more students taking up the challenge of learning Chinese …
 
Over the last 12 months, the Australia-China relationship has faced significant challenges. Amidst discussion of China’s sharp power and debate over Chinese Communist Party and Chinese government influence in Australia, there have been suggestions that students from the People’s Republic of China represent a threat to academic freedom and freedom o…
 
Over the last 10 to 15 years, China's legal system has significantly improved in many areas. For example, transparency has been enhanced through the introduction of an ‘open trials network’, which live-streams court trials across China. However, there is still much room for improvement. Human rights lawyers, defence lawyers and campaigners are freq…
 
Christopher DeMuth is a Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He was President of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) from 1986-2008 and D.C. Searle Senior Fellow at AEI from 2008-2011. In this lecture from 2014, Mr. DeMuth addressed the unconstitutional actions taken by the Obama administration,…
 
China has paid a heavy price for its large-scale industrialisation. While it has driven China’s economic growth, China’s use of fossil fuels has resulted in unhealthy urban pollution. This has encouraged the Chinese government to re-assess its reliance on fossil fuels and focus on renewable energy technologies. How is China improving environmental …
 
China has become an important economic partner for both Australia and Canada. How do the Australian and Canadian publics view China? What are the differences and similarities in government policies and attitudes towards China? What role does the US play in the formulation of China policy in both countries? How has Canada approached the TPP since US…
 
What are Western perspectives on China and how have they evolved since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949? How have Australians responded to China’s rise? How should Australia balance its relationships between China and the United States? How should Australians prepare for changing regional and global dynamics as a result o…
 
The Australia-China relationship goes back almost 200 years. Who were the first Chinese migrants to Australia, and how were they treated? Who was ‘Morrison of Peking’ and what role did he play in promoting bilateral understanding? Why did Australia decide not to recognise the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and what factors led to the establish…
 
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