China Matters: Getting it Right for Australia

Bates Gill, Linda Jakobson

China Matters: Getting it Right for Australia
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China Matters: Getting it Right for Australia

Bates Gill, Linda Jakobson

China’s meteoric growth over the last thirty years has seen the country transformed into a prosperous and powerful nation. As Australia’s largest trading partner and signatory to a recent Free Trade Agreement, China’s future is undeniably linked with our own. So how will China’s domestic issues affect its relationship with Australia? Will China’s demand for Australian goods and services continue to grow? Can the Communist Party continue its balancing act of expanding its middle class while cracking down on free speech and intensifying censorship? Will it make the leap to a green and high-tech economy? How will it use its growing power, regionally and globally?

China Matters is a concise, up-to-date overview of what is happening in China right now, and the implications for Australia. Written by Australia-based, internationally renowned China-watchers Linda Jakobson and Bates Gill, this nuanced account examines the country’s unique tensions and contradictions, and considers what Australia can do to best shape our relationship with the emerging superpower. China Matters is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the consequences of strengthening ties with and doing business in a changing and increasingly powerful China.

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