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ACRI was founded with over A$2.8 million in donations from two wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs that had recently migrated to Australia. Bob Carr (left) was appointed its director. China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/ Reuters

The Australia-China Relations Institute doesn’t belong at UTS

If Australia is going to successfully navigate its way through the “Asian Century,” we need independent centres of research excellence on China.
Activists in Portland, Oregon, protest President Trump’s ban. Clinton Steeds/Reuters

Trump’s immigration ban: Will it undercut American soft power?

For decades, the US has used international education to support democracy and positive relations with countries. For most of the 1970s, Iran sent more students to America than any other country.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shake hands during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Sept. 3, 2016. How Hwee Young/Pool Photo via AP

For China, climate change is no hoax – it’s a business and political opportunity

Although Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax invented by China, Chinese leaders believe cutting carbon emissions will generate economic and political payoffs at home and abroad.
EPA/Wang Zhao

Soft power and the institutionalisation of influence

There are some rather remarkable aspects of the increasingly heated debate about China’s influence in Australia. First, the idea that China actually has any “soft power” to exert is actually rather surprising…

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