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University of Sydney’s hypocrisy: Ramsay Centre cash bad, Beijing’s cash good


Back when millions of dollars in Ramsay Centre funding were on the table, University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence wasn’t too keen, telling a Q&A audience in June 2018 that he would not tolerate “a propaganda course of any kind”. “We don’t think a course that evaluates the contribution of western civilisation makes sense, … Continue reading

China’s land grab in Australia hidden by “corporate veil”


Chinese investors may own less than 1 per cent of Australian farmland, but the true level is not known because it is hidden behind a corporate veil, according to a new report that offers support to the establishment of a formal register of foreign land ownership in Australia. A joint report by accountants KPMG and … Continue reading

Australian Treasury too rosy about China


In October 2009, a former top Treasury official at the Australian embassy in Beijing slammed the Rudd government for a “dysfunctional China policy”. Stephen Joske went further, saying “there’s no one in Treasury who can tell up from down on China, beyond what they read in the newspapers” – a serious charge given the importance … Continue reading

China’s Communist party takes page from Mao’s playbook


China’s Communist party has unleashed a rectification campaign of a scale and tone not seen in more than a decade as the leadership seeks to address the frustration over corrupt officials while avoiding bold political reforms. As investors wait for party chief Xi Jinping to initiate long-delayed economic reforms and liberals in China push for political change, … Continue reading

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