The national flags of Australia and China are displayed in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, during a visit by Australia’s then prime minister Julia Gillard to China on April 26, 2011. Photo: AFP The national flags of Australia and China are displayed in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, during a visit by Australia’s then prime minister Julia Gillard to China on April 26, 2011. Photo: AFP
The national flags of Australia and China are displayed in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, during a visit by Australia’s then prime minister Julia Gillard to China on April 26, 2011. Photo: AFP
James Laurenceson
Opinion

Opinion

James Laurenceson

Why Australia is on its own in its trade conflict with China

  • While some in Australia have suggested that the country should form an economic alliance with like-minded democracies, in the world of international commerce, democratic and strategic friends are often the fiercest rivals

The national flags of Australia and China are displayed in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, during a visit by Australia’s then prime minister Julia Gillard to China on April 26, 2011. Photo: AFP The national flags of Australia and China are displayed in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, during a visit by Australia’s then prime minister Julia Gillard to China on April 26, 2011. Photo: AFP
The national flags of Australia and China are displayed in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, during a visit by Australia’s then prime minister Julia Gillard to China on April 26, 2011. Photo: AFP
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James Laurenceson

James Laurenceson

James Laurenceson is currently Director and Professor at the Australia-China Relations Institute (UTS), University of Technology, Sydney. He has previously held appointments at the University of Queensland, Shandong University (China) and Shimonoseki City University (Japan). His research focuses exclusively on the Chinese economy and has been published in international, peer-reviewed journals such as China Economic Review, China Economic Journal, Journal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies and China and World Economy.