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Australia abandons Asian Century from foreign policy


The centrepiece of the Gillard government’s foreign affairs strategy – the Australia in the Asian Century white paper – has been largely jettisoned by the Abbott government. Craig Emerson, who as a senior Labor minister was responsible for the white paper’s implementation, said yesterday that he was surprised and disappointed the document and all its … Continue reading

Australia warned of China economy danger


Former Australian prime minister John Howard has warned Australia not to become mesmerised by China, and instead focus on maintaining an efficient and productive economy. In a major speech to the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Mr Howard said he believed Australia must stay diversified and not become reliant on the mining industry. China … Continue reading

Australia’s Asian Century talk is empty; language funding falls short


It’s supposed to be the Asian Century but educator Marnie Hughes-Warrington is having to turn away students keen to learn Asian languages such as Chinese and Hindi. It is a lesson in unintended consequences. This year a new diploma was launched by the Australian National University, a languages powerhouse where Professor Hughes-Warrington is deputy vice-chancellor … Continue reading

Australian Prime Minister surprisingly disregards threats made by China


Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has declared that Australia can grow its relationship with China while “tending” to its friendship with the US, playing down tensions caused by an agreement to allow US marines to exercise near Darwin. She seems to have totally disregarded threats made by China against Australia, particularly a warning in May … Continue reading

Australia’s “Asia Literate” plan fails: more students learning Latin than Chinese


Asian language teaching in Australian schools has declined to the point where more year 12 students are studying Latin than Chinese. Despite China’s growing importance and the Gillard government‘s goal of creating an ”Asia Literate” society by 2025, fewer high school students who don’t speak Chinese at home are learning the language than four years … Continue reading

Australian firms to ramp up China ventures


Australian companies are ramping up their investments in China as they express renewed confidence about the nation’s economic growth while also warning of tougher competition from Chinese rivals. Almost three quarters of the Australian firms already operating in China are likely to expand their operations in the wake of the country’s leadership transition late last … Continue reading

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