Covid-19's murky origins
The origins of COVID-19 are rather murky, as Jasper Becker argues in “Made in China.” We need an independent inquiry COVID-19 that also examines America’s cooperation with China on coronaviruses.
AUKUS makes waves for the Indo-Pacific regional order
John West reports from Australia on the enhanced trilateral security partnership called “AUKUS”, between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
COVID-19 — China’s crime of the century
Will we ever know the exact origin of COVID-19? In all likelihood, no, never. But a growing body of evidence points to a negligent “lab-leak” being the most likely cause.
How China Loses: The Pushback Against Chinese Global Ambitions
Middle powers and developing countries are pushing back against China’s overreach such that China is unlikely to command influence over global affairs.
Australia’s China challenge
Within the space of just a few years, Australia's strategic partnership with China has disintegrated, and there is little hope it can be salvaged in the near future.
Book Review: China Panic: Australia's Alternative to Paranoia and Pandering
David Brophy’s new book, China Panic, offers a nuanced and insightful analysis of the deterioration of Australia’s relations with China.
‘The great decoupling’
Nigel Inkster’s new book is that he traces China’s long-term technological development in the broad context of China’s history, civilisation and evolving identity.
Book Review: China Coup: The Great Leap To Freedom
Roger Garside predicts that China’s strongman leader Xi Jinping will soon be removed from office in an internal Communist Party coup.
Can China’s three-child policy solve its demographic dilemmas?
Changes in China’s birth control policies do not address real concerns, writes John West.
Turmoil In The Indo-Pacific
The Indo-Pacific is in turmoil, argues John West.
The Chinese Communist Party celebrates – but for how long?
Lavish centenary celebrations marked 100 years of the CCP, but they mask several internal tensions and insecurities, writes John West.
Book Review: Decoding China’s Export Miracle
Participation in global value chains has been the key factor driving China’s exports and economic development, according to Professor Yuqing Xing's new book, as reviewed by John West.
Book Review: Red Zone – China's Challenge and Australia's Future
Peter Hartcher’s new book provides a forensic analysis of the deterioration in the Australia-China relationship, with insights and insider information, writes John West.
Two fragile superpowers struggle for dominance
The prospects for a stable relationship between the US and China based on confidence and competitive interdependence look very slim, writes John West.
Book Review: Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy
Kishore Mahbubani challenges America to think the unthinkable -- that China might win!
China’s innovation dilemma
Tech advances have been impressive, but constraints on business productivity and imagination are a major obstacle, writes John West.
Book Review: Rivers of Iron - Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia
Rivers of Iron shines a lot of new light on today’s China, and it should be required reading for all China-watchers and scholars, according to John West.
Book Review: The Invention of China
According to Bill Hayton, the modern Chinese state was constructed, or “invented,” at the end of the Qing Dynasty, based on Western ideas of nation, race, history, and territory.
Clouds of precarity brewing over Australia
Australia faces an uncertain economic future if it does not successfully reduce its dependence on China, and resources.
The end of Australia’s China boom shouldn’t be such a surprise
Australians have never been much good at admitting the good times will end, argues Michael Shoebridge.
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