China In Touch, 30 August 2017, Issue 210

Is China One Belt One Road policy a strategic threat to Australia, or an opportunity? It’s a question I have been asked frequently over the past 2 weeks. It’s a question I will be addressing in speeches and conversations in Xi’an and Beijing, and at APEC  in Nanning over the next two weeks.

This is a multifaced program so not surprisingly there are many different interpretations. The interpretation that dominated discussions at the One Belt One Road conference in Singapore was the idea that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)  – as its now formally called – was primarily about physical infrastructure. The discussion centred around the opportunities to build and manage infrastructure projects from new hotels, tourism attractions and roads and airports to service these.

China In Touch, 16 August 2017, Issue 209

Yesterday I spoke at the Singapore Business Federation hosted invitation only Maritime Silk Road conference. This was attended by more than 500 top business leaders and senior government officials from the region. It is the first major conference on this topic held outside of China. So what is One Belt One Road and what does it mean for the NT?

China In Touch, 2 August 2017, Issue 208

Your business survival in China usually depends on somebody else – your translator. The level of dependency will vary from total to almost total unless you are fortunate enough to be fully fluent in Chinese. Better translation relationships start with the understanding that what is simple for you may be complicated for others in ways you are not aware of. This may include the way the question is formulated. What you say may impact on wider background issues you are not aware of including cultural sensitivity, political sensitivity and bureaucratic or administrative barriers. In short, you cannot speak as freely or as unthinkingly as you do in your home country because people you are working with do not have your common background of language habits.

China In Touch, 19 July 2017, Issue 207

Prime Minister Keating is reputed to have said that the best way to see Darwin was from 30,000 feet as you flew over it. We would beg to differ, but from a Chinese perspective this observation has a ring of unpleasant truth about it. One of the most significant problems facing Darwin from Chinese business and investment perspective is that people do not even have the chance to fly over Darwin at 30,000 feet. Getting to Darwin is a difficult process, with a transit visas required for Singapore in addition to an Australian visa.

China In Touch, 5 July 2017, Issue 206

There remains a popular idea that China is a nation of copy-cats with stores full of fake goods created with ideas stolen from others. This ill-informed concept of China is both an exercise in ignorance, but more importantly it blinds us to the vast research and development industry that underpins Chinas new economy. But it’s not just research that poses a challenge. It the new thinking that goes with the research. Three examples sum up the nature of the competition.