After an overly long hiatus The Dragon and the Kangaroo Blog is happy to be up and running again. Plenty of big headline news has occurred over the past month and a bit within the spheres of China, Australia and international relations, and this post recaps and summarises the best and the biggest writings and events that have gone on over the past month. In particular three themes have been very prominent, namely discussion of the CCP’s longevity, women’s issues in China and environmental issues in China. So here’s the big list of writings: Continue reading

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Hiatus

Due to many important commitments, this blog will be going on hiatus for the next month, resuming activity on March 8.

I look forward to blogging again on China, Australia and international relations after that time. In the time being, I recommend checking out the links in the blogroll, which regularly have great content on China, Australia and international relations.

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Friday Links

This week’s latest hot topics are anti-monopoly law in China (the Qualcomm case), record levels of Taiwanese identity professed in Taiwan, resistance to Xi’s reforms from government officials, the era of Xi Jinping (as discussed in a Q&A with  Roderick MacFarquhar), diplomacy between China and Australia (in 2 podcasts) and more on the latest batch of economic data from China.

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Two new short films on air pollution in China + an overview of the topic

(Air pollution in Ningbo, 2013. Credit: 显 龙, license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en, no changes made)

In the past week 2 worthwhile short films worth seeing on air pollution in China have been released. Continue reading

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Friday Links

As is clear from The Dragon and the Kangaroo Blog Twitter account, I’ve been somewhat preoccupied lately with the Asian Cup (including the Socceroos very entertaining and competitive match against China. Highlights available here). Yet still here’s the weekly roundup of interesting content on China, Australia and international relations, with China’s latest GDP figures headlining discussions this week, along with the term ‘new normal’ to describe the apparent stage the Chinese economy is moving towards. The demographics of China is another interesting topic talked about this week. China’s Antarctica policy also has been in the news. And there’s another piece on possible friction in Asia. Continue reading

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Friday Links

This week’s roundup of interesting writing on China, Australia and/or international relations looks at the regions of Tibet and Hong Kong, Australia’s position if war broke out between China and Japan and the USA, China’s lack of a TV and movie rating system and the Asian Cup (of course). Enjoy.

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The 2015 Asian Cup

The 2015 Asian Cup has begun, and is today in its third day. This is the first time that Australia has hosted Asia’s biggest football tournament, and indeed it is only the third Asian Cup that the Socceroos have played in after Australia officially joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006. This Asian Cup illustrates Australia’s deepening relations with Asia, and in particular how Australia’s engagement with Asia is beginning to move beyond mere economic transactions to include relations such as cultural relations.

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