It’s all in the details: the wide-ranging powers hinge on the yet-to-be-defined ‘institutional autonomy’ of foreign partners that enter into agreements with Australian public universities.
While some questions remain, the federal government looks like it is on safe constitutional ground with its proposed bill.
As concerns mount in the US and Australia, TikTok is trying to deflect concerns over its perceived ties to the Chinese government. Its PR moves, however, may fall short.
Viewing China as an ‘enemy’ to the West is counterproductive. We need to embrace a new approach that simultaneously ‘engages and constrains’ China instead.
China made a huge splash in PNG in late 2018 with infrastructure investments and loan pledges. But since then, it has struggled to make inroads due, in part, to anti-Chinese sentiment.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Andrew Hastie on foreign influence, security and veteran mental health.
In this podcast, Andrew Hastie speaks with Michelle Grattan about growing concerns over Chinese influence in Australian politics, security clearances for politicians and the mental health of veterans.
In a recent survey, a majority of Chinese migrants said they rarely share negative stories about Australia on their social media platforms, and actually side with Australia more on human rights.
Liu’s disastrous interview on Sky News forced the government into a full scale defence of her, saying that Labor, in pursuing her, was being “xenophobic” and “grubby”.
Australia is being very explicit in response to concerns about China at the moment, increasingly prepared to put aside the imperatives of diplomacy when necessary.
Professor of Public Ethics, Clive Hamilton, has accused “many” vice-chancellors of of losing sight of academic freedom, under the pressure of revenue and influence from China.
The Morrison government is setting up a University Foreign Interference Taskforce, as it grapples with encroachments by China into Australia’s higher education sector.
Michelle Grattan reflects on Tim Fischer’s personal and political legacy, and discusses the kind of leader Scott Morrison is with the anniversary of his prime ministership approaching on Saturday.
The government is asking universities to register the Confucius Institutes they host under the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme. So, what are these institutes and what do they teach?
Findings from a new study suggest that the main source of news for Mandarin-speakers living in Australia is local, Chinese-language outlets accessed via WeChat.
Australia committed A$195 billion to defence spending in 2016, but many now believe this is insufficient with China’s rising influence in the region.
Australian aid to the Pacific has been criticised for not focusing enough on infrastructure. But rising Chinese influence is bringing a shift of priorities.
A key question heading into the Pacific Islands Forum is whether Australia can negotiate a new regional security agreement that heeds Pacific leaders’ concerns.
Chinese financing and know-how present both a threat and an opportunity for infrastructure development. Australia can benefit from proactively identifying needs that Chinese investment can help meet.
The review of Confucius Classrooms, which promote Chinese language learning, comes amid concerns about foreign influence, soft power and academic freedom.
China scholars disagree on the extent of Chinese influence on Australian politics – but it may be there are more points of agreement than most scholars realise.