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A conversation with Australia-China expert James Laurenceson

March 3, 2021

How has the Australia-China relationship changed over the last few years? What has been the impact of the spill-over of politics into the economic realm? Have views on China become more polarised, and what is the impact of increased tensions on Australia’s Chinese community?

These are some of the topics covered in our wide-ranging discussion with Professor James Laurenceson – an economist and the Director of the Australian China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.

Professor Laurenceson’s academic research has been published in international peer reviewed journals. He is also a regular contributor to the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald and East Asia Forum.


01:00 Australia-China relations – developments over the past few years
03:03 The impact of relationship difficulties on Australian exports to China
06:34 How is the situation likely to develop going forward?
10:22 Main drivers for the deterioration in Australia-China relations
15:00 Impact of the Biden administration on current tensions
18:13 Public opinion of China in Australia
20:30 Impact on people-to-people ties and the Australian diaspora
22:52 Impact of polarisation of opinion around China issues
24:50 How the Chinese economy has been tracking
27:41 Are Australian exporters too dependent on China?
30:54 China opportunities, including scientific collaborations
34:13 Prediction for the Australia-China relationship over the next 12 months


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