Friday Links

Holidays are winding down and ample content is again being written on China, Australia and international relations. The headline subject matter is a recent survey that asked Australians about the dreaded hypothetical war between China and Japan and the United States (over the Senkaku islands). The result: a clear 71% want Australia to stay out of any such conflict, despite Australia’s ties with the USA and so on. Sure enough, there’s been a decent amount of discussion over this survey, which is listed below. Other issues this week include topics that China will wrestle with in 2015, China’s periphery (Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan) and Chinese propaganda (in particular Lei Feng).

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Friday Links

Happy New Year! It seems that most writers and scholars are still enjoying the holiday period, and consequently there hasn’t been much writing on Australia, China and international relations as of late. So this week’s roundup of interesting writings just looks at the Chinese legal system and the case of Charlotte Chou, the release of 1989 Cabinet papers, the latest case of China censoring media and the level of debate on the death penalty in China.

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Best books of 2014

2014 saw an impressive range of writings produced on China, Australia and international relations. Many of these writings were good, but the following list of five works are in my estimation the most illuminating and best writings produced this year.

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On the heels of my review of Andrew Charlton’s Quarterly Essay on the Australia-China economic relationship, interesting articles I’ve read this week have been about the subject of what China’s changing economy means for the Australian economy. Other thoughtful articles I’ve come across this week examine issues such as Xi Jinping’s reforms, the geopolitics of China’s Maritime Silk Road, illiberalism, Chinese higher education, Xi Jinping’s popularity and the South China Sea. Enjoy.

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Review: Dragon’s Tail: The Lucky Country after the China Boom by Andrew Charlton

Andrew Charlton’s Dragon’s Tail: The Lucky Country after the China Boom is a smart essay that tackles three issues: the economic histories of Australia and China, the present changes that are happening to China’s economy and what these changes mean for the future of the Australian economy. Charton’s crash course in the past and conceivable future of the Australian and Chinese economies reveals that both economies grew rapidly in rather short periods of time (Australia in the first several decades of the 19th century, and China since 1978), through different ways of growing an economy, and that China’s incoming new phase of economic growth will wind down Australia’s mining boom and leave the country with some decisions to make. Yet while Dragon’s Tail is nearly all spot on in my judgement, it overlooks some important issues, namely how politics and diplomacy play into the story of China’s impact on the Australian economy, and this Quarterly Essay would be an even more learned piece if it wasn’t merely focused on economics from start to finish.

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Friday Links

This week’s post looks at a range of interesting writings, with the fate of China’s  and Australia’ economies, and the connections between them, being a dominant theme. Also SOEs, IP in China, internet censorship, Hong Kong and the South China Sea are issues that have been addressed in recent noteworthy writings.

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Friday Links

The past week has seen very significant local elections take place in Taiwan, with the Kuomintang (KMT), which literally means the Chinese nationalist party, suffering heavy defeats. The main opposition party, the Democratic Progress Party (DPP), are widely seen as the big winners of these elections.

What these elections mean for China and international relations has been examined in multiple smart articles, which are linked below. Other articles linked this week include a further look at the China-Australia FTA, an examination of whether Australia has a China policy, a debunking of how large a role China’s SOEs allegedly play in the economy, an excellent interview on ethnic policies in China and two articles questioning whether China’s growing dominance in Asia both economically and geopolitically is assured.

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