Chinese views of Australian foreign policy: Not a flattering picture

Mark Beeson, Jinghan Zeng

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The economic importance and strategic significance of Australia's relationship with China means that bilateral ties have become a major focus of attention in the scholarly and policymaking communities in Australia. Understandably enough perhaps, less attention has been given to the way the relationship is understood in China. This article addresses this absence in the literature by providing an overview of some of the more important contributions to the discussion in China. The most important point that emerges from such an analysis is that there is an ‘asymmetry of interest’ in the two countries, with Australia occupying a far less prominent place in Chinese policy discussions than China does in Australia. Equally noteworthy is the fact that the study of Sino Australian relations in China is characterised by a greater variety of perspectives than it is in Australia. Appreciating this diversity is an essential part of developing a more accurate understanding of the policymaking milieu in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-310
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian Journal of International Affairs
Issue number3
Early online date8 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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