Feb 16, 2018

The Year of The Dog follows a dog of a year between Australia and China

It's the Lunar New Year, and hopefully a time for a fresh start for gradually darkening Australia China relations.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

Sam Dastyari

As we welcome the Lunar New Year, the question of Australia's relationship with its largest trading and export partner is whether 2018 will be the same kind of dog of a year as 2017 was.

Last year was arguably the most difficult between the Australia and China since Kevin Rudd’s 2009 annus horribilis lead by the Defence white paper that named China as a threat and the Rio Tinto bribery scandal topped off the iron ore wars.

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8 thoughts on “The Year of The Dog follows a dog of a year between Australia and China

  1. Jay Lawson

    Developing serious international policy require intelligence, insight and hard work. Are all absent?

  2. Evil Garry

    I’d be the last person to praise any of Drumpfs appointees, but Harry Harris is probably just what is needed in a US ambassador to Australia right at this juncture. Someone to impress upon whatever government we get lumbered with over the next 3-4 years, that not putting up with Chinas interference just might be in our long-term interests.

  3. Woopwoop

    We put up with a lot of US “interference” when they were the big power in our region – to the extent of introducing conscription so our youth could fight on their side in Vietnam. now China is shaping up to take their place, we might have to play it a bit carefully.

  4. AR

    Anyone remember the fear & terror of Oz being bought up by the Rising Yen of Japan in the 1980s?
    We were awash with wealth, such that the white shoe brigade could build things like Sanctuary Cove.
    The Japanese were happy to buy but didn’t come to live in such numbers and concentrations.

    1. Luke Melican

      I don’t, but I’d like to learn more – do you know of any good search terms I can pursue?

  5. Alex

    Michael S writes that because China imports a lot more from Australia than we import from them, they need us more than we need them. If China stops importing our holes in the ground then it is we who are in trouble. The Australian public is financially locked in to China’s cheap products. Everything seems to come from China! China could source many of its ‘holes’ from elsewhere if it had to. So, I reckon we need them more than the other.

    1. AR

      I concur, for the reasons you state.

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