Richard McGregor

Richard McGregor

Richard McGregor is a senior fellow for east Asia at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. Mr McGregor was bureau chief for the Financial Times in Shanghai, Beijing and Washington and has also reported from Hong Kong, Tokyo and Taipei. His book, The Party, on the inner-workings of the Chinese Communist Party, published in 2010, was called a “masterpiece” by The Economist and was chosen by the Asia Society and Mainichi Shimbun in Japan as their book of the year in 2011. His last book on Sino-Japanese relations, Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan and the Fate of US in the Pacific Century, published in 2017, was called “shrewd and knowing” by the Wall Street Journal and the “best book of the year”...

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Opinion | As China-Australia trade tensions rise, will the US remain a bystander?

The debate over the renewal of a Chinese company’s lease on the port of Darwin could be a litmus test of competing approaches to China in Australia. Canberra is still looking for ideas on how allies can help each other when targeted economically by Beijing. So far, the US has offered little help on that front.

The debate over the renewal of a Chinese company’s lease on the port of Darwin could be a litmus test of competing approaches to China in Australia. Canberra is still looking for ideas on how allies can help each other when targeted economically by Beijing. So far, the US has offered little help on that front.

As China-Australia trade tensions rise, will the US remain a bystander?
20 Oct 2021 - 2:37AM
Opinion | Australian journalists’ case a reminder of what can happen when you challenge China, and it doesn’t bode well

The Trump administration’s ill-advised decision to cut the number of Chinese reporters in the US gave darker elements in the Chinese system an excuse to target US reporters. Now, Australian reporters have also become pawns in a much bigger game.

The Trump administration’s ill-advised decision to cut the number of Chinese reporters in the US gave darker elements in the Chinese system an excuse to target US reporters. Now, Australian reporters have also become pawns in a much bigger game.

Australian journalists’ case a reminder of what can happen when you challenge China, and it doesn’t bode well
12 Sep 2020 - 9:30AM
Opinion | Trump’s America risks repeating China’s early mistakes in coronavirus management

Beijing failed to listen to the experts and communicate clearly with the public in the early days of the coronavirus and paid the price. As Trump contradicts expert advice and downplays infection risks, has he doomed the US to making the same mistakes?

Beijing failed to listen to the experts and communicate clearly with the public in the early days of the coronavirus and paid the price. As Trump contradicts expert advice and downplays infection risks, has he doomed the US to making the same mistakes?

Trump’s America risks repeating China’s early mistakes in coronavirus management
13 Mar 2020 - 9:22AM
Opinion | How the coronavirus crisis has brewed a ‘revolt of the professionals’ in China

Doctors, scientists and journalists are pushing back against Communist Party structures in a rare backlash against suppression of information.

Doctors, scientists and journalists are pushing back against Communist Party structures in a rare backlash against suppression of information.

How the coronavirus crisis has brewed a ‘revolt of the professionals’ in China
5 Feb 2020 - 6:41AM
Opinion | As Australia pushes back against China, the Western world is watching to see Beijing’s response

China’s growing confidence to deploy economic sanctions against countries that refuse to toe the line is worrying many. Australia is countering this, in a limited sense, but when push comes to shove, will all the talk about getting tough on China turn out to be bluster?

China’s growing confidence to deploy economic sanctions against countries that refuse to toe the line is worrying many. Australia is countering this, in a limited sense, but when push comes to shove, will all the talk about getting tough on China turn out to be bluster?

As Australia pushes back against China, the Western world is watching to see Beijing’s response
14 Oct 2019 - 3:05AM
Opinion | Forget Texas, China came out when Deng tipped his hat to Japan

The West remembers Deng Xiaoping’s trip to the US in 1979, but it was his historic visit to Japan months earlier that really opened China’s eyes to modernisation

The West remembers Deng Xiaoping’s trip to the US in 1979, but it was his historic visit to Japan months earlier that really opened China’s eyes to modernisation

Forget Texas, China came out when Deng tipped his hat to Japan
1 Dec 2018 - 10:00AM
Opinion | Why the US should not simply decouple from China without building new partnerships

The US’ trade war with China is also a conflict with the rest of Asia due to the nature of global supply chains. While there is a need for the US to stand against China’s trade practices, it cannot go it alone and must consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The US’ trade war with China is also a conflict with the rest of Asia due to the nature of global supply chains. While there is a need for the US to stand against China’s trade practices, it cannot go it alone and must consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Why the US should not simply decouple from China without building new partnerships
21 Nov 2018 - 11:13AM