I spent 10 days in May talking with institutional investors in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing. There was considerable interest in the various problems the Trump administration was encountering that prevented the implementation of his pro-growth agenda. These...
We hear a great gush of affirmations of the "rules-based order" that keeps the peace in the Asia-Pacific region. But whose rules? They must be Tinkerbell's rules – clap if you believe. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis referred to a...
On the campus of Harvard Business School this past weekend there was little doubt among corporate leaders and investors gathered for an annual conference that China had arrived as an equal to the United States. Keynote speeches, panel discussions and...

Robber barons, beware

A crackdown on corruption has spread anxiety among China’s business elite Oct 24th 2015 | SHANGHAI “PROBLEMS that occur in business …should not be politicised.” So said President Xi Jinping before leaving China for London on a state visit this week....
China's growing influence over Australian politics has similarities with Russia's recent meddling in American democracy, a former top US intelligence official has warned. How China uses its 'soft power' strategy The communist state exercises "soft power" in Australia in myriad ways,...
A Pentagon report released on Tuesday singled out Pakistan as a possible location for a future Chinese military base, as it forecast that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas after establishing a facility in the African nation of...

On Economy and Trade

By Lianlong The strategist Guan Zhong said: "The administration of the country must take it the first priority to enrich the people." How to enrich its people? Economic development and trade, according to Guan Zhong. To solve the problem of people's food and clothing, the ancient economists...
hinese President Xi Jinping met with Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Monday afternoon, and they agreed to cooperate more in jointly building the Belt and Road. Xi said friendly ties between China and Nepal are in the fundamental...
“Any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty and security, challenge the power of the central government … or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses the red line, and...
For Southeast Asian countries, an increased economic cooperation with China can be a double-edged sword. Beijing's investment initiatives are not only aimed at regional connectivity, they also seek ideological hegemony. According to Asian Development Bank estimates, the infrastructure needs for...
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Chinese influence is more than just ‘soft power’ and we need...

On a warm Sunday summer evening a few years ago, two officials from the Chinese consulate in Sydney travelled to Melbourne to send a...

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