The plan, backed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, aims to tap into a shared passion for the bruising game — which differs from its more globally popular cousin, rugby union — by funding more coaching clinics and exhibition matches on far-flung Pacific islands being wooed by China. League-obsessed fans also follow their players in Australia, where athletes of Pacific island or Maori descent made up 44 percent of National Rugby League NRL rosters in It expanded a Pacific jobs scheme that allows men and women from several island nations to work in Australia.
Updated May 29, China is closing in on America's dominance of the Asia-Pacific region, in part due to the Trump administration's policies, according to a new analysis from the Lowy Institute. Lowy's Asia Power Index also shows Australia's efforts to exert influence in the region have flat-lined because of the recent churn in Prime Ministers.
As Canberra weighs blocking Huawei's 5G bid, other governments watch and learn. How can countries foster mutually beneficial relations with an increasingly powerful China, without bowing to Beijing's coercion? The question looms largest in Australia.
Now, as a more authoritarian China projects its influence deeper into the South Pacific, attempts by Chinese students and diplomats to interfere with anti-Beijing dissidents and stifle free speech on campus pose an uncomfortable challenge for both United States allies. The immediate trigger for the flare-ups was mass protests in Hong Kong, which the authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory are struggling to contain. Protesters there have assailed what they say is the steady erosion in Hong Kong's rule of law, aided and abetted by the city's pro-Beijing leaders.
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. This is the first article in our series, Australian Cities in the Asian Century. These articles draw on researchjust published in a special issue of Geographical Research, into how Australian cities are being influenced by the rise of China and associated flows of people, ideas and capital between China and Australia.
Australia—China relationsoften known as the Sino—Australian relationsrefers to the relations between the Commonwealth of Australia and China. The first Chinese consulate in Australia was established inand diplomatic relations were established in Australia continued to recognise the Republic of China government after it lost the Chinese Civil War and retreated to Taiwan inbut switched recognition to the People's Republic of China on 21 December
Open letter respondents. The open letter was signed by a group of scholars of China and the Chinese diaspora. This will also be submitted to the relevant parliamentary committee.
The Asia region exerts enormous influence globally and in Australia. It will soon also be both the largest producer and consumer of goods and services in the world. The economic importance of successful Australian engagement with Asia is undeniable.
Yet again, the Australian election timetable is disastrous as it relates to key foreign policy gatherings in the region. If the Australian Labor Party ALP is successful in the 18 May federal election, incoming prime minister Bill Shorten and his cabinet will be thrown straight into the deep end with crucial, tightly successive regional summits in June. Australia faces three major problems in its uphill battle for influence at these meetings.