China In Touch, 8 November 2017, Issue 215

The CPCCC meeting has ended, but what are the key outcomes for Australia and the NT? In the week following the conference I was in China and had the opportunity to talk with a wide range of senior officials and friends. We should not underestimate the level of support enjoyed by President Xi, particularly around the anti-corruption campaign. One Belt One Road will fundamentally alter the economic landscape of Asia and Eastern Europe/Eurasia. This is a trade bloc policy with inbuilt political tolerance for diversity. NT prosperity depends on involvement in this new landscape, and the regulatory structures which are defining it.

China In Touch, 25 October 2017, Issue 214

Anyone who doubted the commitment to and the longevity of the New Silk Road policy has those doubts removed with China Presidents Xi remarks to the CPCCC meeting. This is not a rhetorical centrepiece of his policy. It is a genuine cornerstone of his vison for China future involvement with the world. Despite this, there are some of see the New Silk Road policy as a set of empty commitments which have already lost steam. As a recent ANZ report noted, there are five myths, or misconceptions that surround this policy.

China In Touch, 11 October 2017, Issue 213

Railways opened the West in America and these twin ribbons of steel were essential in developing the economic growth of Asia and Africa. Then rail went out of fashion. Instead of laying new rail, some countries ripped out railway lines. Others, like China, expanded their rail networks and this decision has paid off.

China In Touch, 27 September 2017, Issue 212

Last week I spoke at the ASEAN conference in Nanning and attended a series of provincial level meetings. One clear focus has emerged from these meetings and conference events. There is little concern with how the world interacts with China. The primary focus is how China will interact with the world. The Belt and Road Initiatives are a central to this.

China In Touch, 13 September 2017, Issue 211

Singles day – 11 of November - is still a way off but Chinas Valentine’s Day - Qixi – has just passed. Both events provide some insights into the changing nature of married, and unmarried life in China. Singles Day is a modern commercial construct designed to sell products. It’s called Singles Day, not because its aimed at unmarried people, but because the four ones in the date – 11/11 – are all “singles.” Its clever marketing. Qixi or Qiqiao Festival, has a longer tradition dating to the Han dynasty and is referenced in the Three Hundred Songs or Shijing. Like many traditions it has become commercialised. The day comes from a traditional love story between Zhinu , a weaver girl and Niulang, a cowherd.