For the first time in its history, Australia’s most important economic relationship is with a nation very different in governance, politics and values. In the past, Australia’s dominating economic relationships had been with the British Empire, the United States and Japan. Today our most important economic partner is China.
China contributes now more to world economic growth than any other country. China absorbs 34 percent of Australian goods exports. By 2030, 70 percent of the Chinese population is likely to enjoy middle class status: that’s 860 million more middle class Chinese than today.
In 2014, the University of Technology, Sydney established the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) as a think tank to illuminate the Australia-China relationship.
Chinese studies centres exist in other universities. ACRI, however, is the first think tank devoted to the study of the relationship of these two countries.
Our work is based on a positive and optimistic view of Australia-China relations, capturing the spirit of the 2014 announcement of a Free Trade Agreement and the commitments by both countries to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
ACRI is building an energetic platform that offers:
a rich calendar of events;
a flow of fact sheets and briefings;
sponsorship of visits to Australia by overseas policymakers and experts;
research papers from academics;
public analysis in the media from the Director, Deputy Director and other staff;
collaboration with think tanks and universities in Australia and around the world; and