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John Fitzgerald —

John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald is an Emeritus Professor at Swinburne University of Technology who specialises in China and Chinese affairs.

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What a second century of US 'mateship' might well mean — less bark, more bite

As Australia treads the line between infuriating Beijing and alienating Washington, it's no longer about just talking the talk – we're expected to walk the walk.

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China briefing: the training courses designed to 'tell China’s story well' in Australia

It's perfectly legal to undertake foreign government 'training courses'. Just don't keep it a secret.

Daniel Andrews at a function organised by the Chinese Community Council of Australia formally apologising for racist policies aimed at Chinese miners 160 years ago (Image: AAP/Mal Fairclough)

Media misses the mark on Chinese interference in Australia

Journalists need to do their homework before drawing links between Beijing's United Front efforts and the work of community groups run by Chinese Australians.

Xi Jinping and Scott Morrison

China's tirades against Australia are different this time — they really matter

While Xi is running things, we can expect to hear much more about Australian racism and Australian lapdogs dancing to American tunes.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Belted and railroaded: Victoria's trade deal with China is a dud

The premier has hung an albatross around his neck, and the necks of any future Victorian governments.

Xi Jinping and Scott Morrison

The Great China Distraction: post-pandemic Australia requires more than a trade fight

An excessive focus on relations with China and the US is distracting Australians from planning for a strategically-resilient country fit for the post-pandemic world.

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Old Hu's 'gum' attack on Australia a clear sign of China's global mindset

When the anti-Australia writings of a once-disregarded columnist are in lockstep with the Chinese government, Australia should be worried.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Sino relations: why questions of trust get lost in translation

Rather than ask whether Australia should trust China, we should probably be asking whether it is possible to build trust between such incommensurable value systems.

A pangolin. (Image: Adobe)

The origins, the species and the global political power of Chinese traditional medicine

How the coronavirus started remains a burning question. But the answer most favoured by the Chinese regime raises even deeper questions about the role played by traditional medicine in the growth of the country's global influence

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Claims of racism fuel escalating media war between China and Washington

Unsurprisingly, barbs traded between China and the US over responsibility for coronavirus are part of a much larger power play.