Approaching China: Hug the Panda or Slay the Dragon? description
Australia’s official approach to China is has been criticised as contradictory if not confused. Our biggest trading partner, we welcome their business but not their investment. We worry at their growing influence in our region even as we smoothed their path with past cuts to our foreign aid. Bruno Maçães, Richard McGregor and Bob Carr are expert observers of China: they examine its growing might and its strategies to assert dominion.
Bob Carr is best known for his political service but more recently enjoys a distinguished second career as an author and academic and is currently the Director of the Australia–China Relations Institute at UTS.
Bruno Maçães was the Portuguese Europe Minister from 2013-2015, and is a strategist and academic. He is the author of The Dawn of Eurasia and the forthcoming Belt and Road: The Sinews of Chinese Power.
Richard McGregor has reported from Asia for two decades. Formerly Chief of the Washington Bureau of the Financial Times, he has won numerous awards for his journalism and is the author of the acclaimed bestseller The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers.
Linda Jaivin is the author of eleven books, including seven novels and the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation. She is also a cultural commentator, co-editor of the China Story Yearbook at the Australian National University, and literary and film translator.