Drawing on contributors from academic and policy communities, this volume explores the major aspects of Australia-China relations. The frequently overlooked connection between Australia and Taiwan is also considered to allow readers to reach a full appreciation of the restraints engendered by the relationship with China as well as its many benefits. Moving beyond the traditional state-centric analysis, the work incorporates new material on sub-state relations as well as examining the impact of global economic and social forces on the Australia-China friendship. In addition to providing a contemporary understanding of the bilateral ties, this work also provides a benchmark against which Australia's other relations with the countries of East Asia can be measured.
Table of Contents
Contents: 30 years of engagement, Nicholas Thomas; The Australia-China relationship: a partnership of equals?, Colin Mackerras; Australia's relationship with the Republic of China on Taiwan, J. Bruce Jacobs; Geopolitics, the 'national interest' and the Sino-Australian conundrum, William Tow; Collaborators, business partners, friends: Australia-China subnational government relations, Liz Pitts; Australia and China in the World Trade Organisation, Brett Williams; Australia-China relations in business: an intercultural perspective, Jane Orton; Who needs good governance? Australian aid to China, Stephen FitzGerald; Human rights: from sanctions to delegations to dialogue, Ann Kent; From Rosny to the Great Wall: cultural relations and public diplomacy, Jocelyn Chey; Educational links between Australia and China: the learning connection, Rosita Holenbergh; Intercultural sensitivity in Taiwanese perceptions of Australia, Rachelle Allen; Chronology; Bibliography; Index.
'This is an important volume about an important bilateral relationship in the Asia Pacific. It offers an Australian perspective on the various dimensions of a mature and robust relationship, including Australia's unofficial ties with Taiwan, which contributes significantly to the peace and prosperity of the region. It is a must-read for anyone interested in Australian foreign policy.' Edmund Fung, Professor of Asian Studies, University of Western Sydney 'This is a useful book for anybody interested in the background and recent history of Australia-China relations.' The China Journal 'The book is a valuable contribution to study of relations between countries with unequal power.' USI Journal 'The various authors have a wide breadth of experience combining the academic, diplomatic, governmental and business perspectives. Because of breadth of experience, the text goes beyond a state-centric perception of relations by including description of sub-state relations as well...worth a read to gain a clear summary at a number of levels, of the first 30 years of constructive relations between the two countries.' Journal of Contemporary Asia Publishers