China-Australia relations

Trading a war of words
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Background explainers, news and analysis on China-Australia relations, including trade and investment and the impact of wider issues such as the US-China trade war and South China Sea.

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Australians head to the polls very soon, yet they’ve still not heard proper debates or long-term solutions to the many issues their country faces. How can it be more productive, without China, as relations deteriorate, and what about climate change and racism?
As politicians focus on ‘invisible enemies’ and obsess with pursuing ‘national security’ preserving peace overseas, a battle against discrimination and racism will tear through civil Australian society.
With the security pact between China and the island nation signed, great power rivalry and hysteria have now extended from the South China Sea to the South Pacific.
SCMP ColumnistAlex Lo
Canberra needs to show genuine interest in Asia-Pacific in 2022, a milestone year that marks a half-century since the establishment of China-Australia relations.
China and Russia are clearly in the sights of the Aukus pact with its pledge to cooperate on weapons, including hypersonic missiles.
Australia, New Zealand and the United States are worried that Beijing’s growing influence in the South Pacific is threatening their traditional regional dominance, but such thinking is disrespectful.
The Ukraine war is complicating the calculus of China’s energy security and the prospect of a new energy deal with Russia. Can Beijing afford to be close to a Moscow that is increasingly politically and economically isolated?
Australia’s international education sector has taken a hit from both the pandemic and deterioration in Canberra’s relations with Beijing, but enrolments from China have proved resilient. This bodes well for student housing as a real estate investment category.
While some in China are concerned by its dependence on imported materials for electric vehicle batteries, the West is anxious about Chinese control of resources. Fundamental differences exist between mineral and energy resources, however. Unlike oil and gas, minerals are recyclable.
It may not be ‘war’ by its standard definition, or even a cold war, but geopolitical conflict in this century is being waged through the weaponisation of relationships and people, writes Neil Newman.
It’s hard to imagine Australians are short of urea, the humble chemical that goes daily down the dunny, but a dwindling supply threatens to cripple the country, writes Neil Newman.
As house prices continue to skyrocket in Australia, the shortage of housing stock and low borrowing costs are among the factors driving prices up.
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