The Australia-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry
of New South Wales






Last Updated: 10 May 2019



Occasional comments by the Chairman of ACCCI will be indexed on this page when they become available.

The items in the series are available at:

www.accci.com.au/Reflections1.pdf -- 3 April 2018

http://www.accci.com.au/Reflections2.pdf -- 1 May 2018

www.accci.com.au/Reflections3.pdf -- 7 March 2019

A media announcement dated April 2018 is available at: www.accci.com.au/Email to the SMH.pdf



Notice to Members, Supporters and Friends in Australia, China and Around the World

In late July 2016, following the declaration of the Australian Federal Election, I retired as President of Chamber after almost 27 years from first elected at the AGM in November 1989. My two Vice Presidents, elected following the 30th anniversary celebrations in September 2006, also retired. With the assistance of the Life Governors, ACCCI has quietly sought the services of qualified replacements, however it is not an easy process to find suitable candidates with the economic diplomacy skills, financial independence and time and energy to represent Chamber across the world. Unfortunately no one has passed the first level of a three stage process but we are open to all applications.

The President has been responsible for the protocol functions of Chamber so essential in Asia. The Chair of the Board focuses on policy formulation and implementation, and the CEO of ACCCI Pty Ltd the security aspects. These positions mirror the political structure of the PRC.

As China has evolved since the days of the post Cultural Revolution in the mid/late 1970s, so Chamber's trade and investment policies and activist strategies changed to meet the new challenges, gradually an Economic Relations perspective within what we called an Indauspac framework developed. Over the last year of apparent inactivity, there has in fact been a very deep evaluation of China trends and possible Australasia strategies. China has now Returned to Great Power status but Australia remains introverted, dangerously so in its South West Pacific Region. This failure of even a short term narrative does not augur well for responding to future tensions in our neighbour region ASEAN, historical cultural connections with Britain and the European Union, or with the traditional post second world war USA ally, let alone the current carnage across West Asia.

Chamber has committed to a China Mission reaching out to the 100th anniversary of the PRC in October 2049; as well as the formulation of an Australasia Narrative in the short term to the 500th anniversary of globalism in September 2022 and in the longer term to the 200th anniversary of the Republic of Australia in 2101.

Michael C H Jones
Chairman of the ACCCI Board
8th August 2017


Australia Trade and Investment Activities

Conferences, Meetings and Other Activities

Media Announcements by Governments and Global Institutions

Media Announcements About Former World Leaders

Australian Companies in China

Chinese Companies in Australia

Announcements During 2012


Announcements prior to the end of December 2012 are archived in:



Links to most recent are at the top of each section.


Australia-China Trade and Investment


Australia Trade and Investment Activities

Robb Appoints High-Calibre Trade and Investment Policy Advisory Council (TIPAC), The Hon Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment, Media Release from the Trade Minister’s Office, 30 May 2014.  Available at: http://trademinister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/ar_mr_140530.aspx.

Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia Online, The Hon Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment, Media Release from the Trade Minister’s Office, 10 April 2014.  Available at: http://trademinister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/ar_mr_140410.aspx.

The 9th Annual Expo Central China, Wuhan, Hubei Province 18-20 May 2014. The expo is organised by the Investment Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Commerce, The Hubei Province Department of Commerce and the cities of Wuha, Xiangyang and Shiyan, in cooperation with the Australian International Trade Association and Associates (AITA).  Further information is available from the Australian office of AITA: Level 29, 2 Park Street Sydney 2000.  Tel: 612 8088 6406. Information is also available from the same address about the 8th APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Technology Conference and Fair in Yiwu, 19-22 June 2014.

Business Report on Australia, by The South China Morning Post, in cooperation with Discovery Reports Group is now available in print and online.  Details are available at: http://www.accci.com.au/Business Report on Australia.pdf.



Conferences, Meetings and Other Activities


Conferences, Meetings, and Other Activities

Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story, Museum of Sydney, 29 March to 12 October 2014.  Details are available at: http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/exhibitions/celestial-city-sydneys-chinese-story.

Dynamic Cities – Creative, Liveable and Innovative, 14th International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Conference, 16-18 October 2013, Mandurah, Western Australia.  More details available at: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/file_uploads/6ec679f693e3425b4c656eb5d1b131e9_program.pdf?eb=74995

“What’s in Store for China in 2013”, predictions by Gordon Orr appear in the January 2013 issue of McKinsey Quarterly.  Available upon registration at: www.mckinseyquarterly.com/.

“China’s Premium Smart City Conference to Centre on Key Industry Segments with High Growth Potential,” CIFTIS, 22 January 2012 at: http://www.ciftis.org/en/Achievement/201304/t20130423_11280.html.  The home page for the China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services is: http://www.ciftis.org/. 



Media Announcements


Media Announcements by Governments and Global Institutions

Speeches by national leaders prior to May 2013 are available at: http://www.accci.com.au/NationalSpeeches.htm.

Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address – Full Text, 13 January 2016.  Available at www.eurasiareview.com/13012016-president-barack-obamas-state-of-the-union-address-transcript/.

Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address – Full Text, 21 January 2015.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/20/obama-state-of-the-union-2015-full-text.  For commentary: Dan Roberts, “State of the Unon 2015: ‘I Still Believe’ – Obama Vows Equality over Hostility,” The Guardian, 22 January 2015.  Available t: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/21/state-of-the-union-obama-defiant-equality.

Productivity Commission Review of the Workplace Relations Framework, Joint Media Release, Senator the Hon Eric Abetz and The Hon Joe Hockey, MP. , Minister’s Media Centre, Employment Portfolio, 19 December 2014.  Available at: https://ministers.employment.gov.au/abetz/productivity-commission-review-workplace-relations-framework.  Comment by Andrew Giles and Terri Butler, “The Liberals Review of Workplace Relations Is Critical to Unmaking Australia’s Social Democracy, The Guardian, 22 December 2014.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/22/the-liberals-review-of-workplace-relations-is-critical-to-unmaking-our-social-democracy. 

Interim Report, The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, Tabled in Parliament on 19 December 2014 is available in two volumes at: http://www.tradeunionroyalcommission.gov.au/reports/Pages/default.aspx.  Comment by Paul Karp, “The Trade Union Royal Commission Hasn’t Packed the Punch Abbott Might Have Hoped for,” The Guardian, 22 December 2014.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/22/the-trade-union-royal-commission-hasnt-packed-the-punch-abbott-might-have-hoped-for.

Renewable Energy Target Review Report, Climate Change Authority, 22 December 2014.  Available at: http://climatechangeauthority.gov.au/files/files/reviews/ret/2014/review.pdf.  Comment by Oliver Milman, “Direct Action Unlikely to Meet Emissions Target, Says Climate Change Authority,” The Guardian, 22 December 2014.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/22/direct-action-unlikely-to-meet-emissions-target-says-climate-change-authority.

Financial System Inquiry Final Report (also known as the Murray Report) was released on 7 December and the Inquiry is concluded.  The report, together with terms of reference, consultations, submissions and commissioned work is available at: http://fsi.gov.au/.

Remarks by President Obama at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 15 November 2014.  Available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/11/15/remarks-president-obama-university-queensland.  This is the speech upon which several people have commented.  See, Shalaliah Medhora, “Andrew Robb:  Obama Misinformed in ‘Unnecessary’ Great Barrier Reef Speech.” The Guardian, 23 November 2014.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/23/andrew-robb-obama-misinformed-in-unnecessary-great-barrier-reef-speech.  Also, Katharin Murphy, “Great Barrier Reef: Julie Bishop Sent US a Briefing after Obama Criticism,” The Guardian, 21 November 2014.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/21/great-barrier-reef-julie-bishop-sent-us-a-briefing-after-obama-criticism.

Vladimir Putin Meets with Members of the Valdai Discussion Club: Transcript of the Final Plenary Session, 25 October 2014.  Available at: http://valdaiclub.com/valdai_club/73300.html.  See also, Philip Oltermann, “Gorbachev Warns of New Cold War Threat as Berlin Marks Fall of Wall,” The Guardian, 9 November 2014.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/08/gorbachev-cold-war-threat-berlin-wall-25th-anniversary.

Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda: An Action Plan for a Stronger Australia, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, October 2014.  Report and fact sheets are available at: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/publications/Industry_Innovation_and_Competitiveness_Agenda/index.cfm.  Registration for updates on the “Growth Centre Initiative” may be made at: http://www.industry.gov.au/industry/Pages/Industry-Growth-Centres.aspx#header.

Perspectives on Inequality and Opportunity from the Survey of Consumer Finances, by Janet Yellen, Chair Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, at the Conference on Economic Opportunity and Inequality, Federal Rserve Bank of Boston, 17 October 2014.  Available at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/yellen20141017a.htm.  For commentary: Neil Irwin, “What Janet Yellen Said, and Didn’t Say, About Inequality,” The New York Times, 17 October 2014.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/18/upshot/what-janet-yellen-said-and-didnt-say-about-inequality.html.

2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap, US Department of Defence, Washington, DC, October 2014.  Available at: http://www.acq.osd.mil/ie/download/CCARprint.pdf.  See commentary by Coral Davenport, “Pentagon Says Global Warming Present Immediate Security Threat,” The New York Times, 13 October 2014.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/14/us/pentagon-says-global-warming-presents-immediate-security-threat.html.

A Renewed US-India Partnership for the 21st Century, by Narendra Modi and Barack Obama, The Washington Post, 30 September 2014.  Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/narendra-modi-and-barack-obama-a-us-india-partnership-for-the-21st-century/2014/09/29/dac66812-4824-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html.  See also Fareed Zaharia’s interview with Narendra Modi, “Is India’s Bold Pime Mnister Bold Enough, The Washington Post, 18 September 2014.  Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/fareed-zakaria-is-indias-honeymoon-with-narendra-modi-coming-to-an-end/2014/09/18/65521878-3f74-11e4-b03f-de718edeb92f_story.html.

President Barack Obama's Address to the United Nations General Assembly (Transcript), United Nations, New York, New York, 24 September 2014.  Available at: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/barack-obama-un-general-assembly-transcript-111288.html#ixzz3EMsR37SB.  Comment by Hanna Kozlowska, “A Foreign Policy Turning Point or a Moral-Equivalent Blunder?” The New York Times, 25 September 2014.  Available at: http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/a-foreign-policy-turning-point-or-a-moral-equivalence-blunder/?ref=opinion.

Remarks by the President of the United States at UN Security Council Summit on Foreign Terrorist Fighters, United Nations, New York, New York, 24 September 2014.  Available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/24/remarks-president-un-security-council-summit-foreign-terrorist-fighters.  Comment by Mark Landler, “Obama, at UN, Urges Allies to Join Fight Against ISIS,” The New York Times, 24 September 2014.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/world/middleeast/obama-syria-un-isis.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0.

Address to the UN Security Council Summit on Foreign Terrorist Fighters, by Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, United Nations, New York, New York, 24 September 2014.  Available at: http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-09-24/address-un-security-council-summit-foreign-terrorist-fighters-new-york-0.  Comment by Mark Kenny, “Abbott Weak on Home Front, but a Lion Abroad,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September 2014.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/abbott-weak-on-home-front-but-a-lion-abroad-20140925-10lelf.html.

Australia-China Achievement Awards, Media Release, Minister of Foreign Affairs, 7 September 2014.  Text of release is available at: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140907.aspx.  Details about the nomination process are available at: http://www.dfat.gov.au/acc/awards.

Address to the 2014 Nationals Federal Council, Canberra, by Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, 30 August 2014.  Available at: http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-08-30/address-2014-nationals-federal-council-canberra-0.

Statutory Review, Independent Cost-Benefit Analysis of Broadband, and associated papers (referred to as the Vertigan report). Australian Government, Department of Communications, June and August 2014.  Available at: http://www.communications.gov.au/broadband/national_broadband_network/cost-benefit_analysis_and_review_of_regulation.

Obama on the World: President Obama Talks to Thomas L Friedman About Iraq, Putin and Israel, The New York Times, 8 August 2014.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/09/opinion/president-obama-thomas-l-friedman-iraq-and-world-affairs.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&_r=0.

Crawford Australian Leadership Forum: Keynote Dinner Address, by Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs Australia National University, 30 June 2014.  Available at: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/speeches/Pages/2014/jb_sp_140630.aspx?ministerid=4.  For comment see David Wroe, “Julie Bishop Evokes the Spectre of WWI in Warning Asian Territorial Dispute Could Erupt,” The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 July 2014.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/julie-bishop-evokes-the-spectre-of-wwi-in-warning-asian-territorial-dispute-could-erupt-20140630-zsrhw.html.

Treasuer Joe Hockey’s Address to the Sydney Institute, The Age, 12 June 2014.  Available at: http://www.theage.com.au/national/treasurer-joe-hockeys-address-to-the-sydney-institute-20140612-zs5ok.html.  The Treasurer responds to the criticism that the budget brought done on 13 May is unfair and exacerbates inequality in Australia.

Australia in China’s Century, speech by the Hon Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, 30 May 2014.  Available at: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/speeches/Pages/2014/jb_sp_140530.aspx?ministerid=4.

Remarks by the President at the United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony, West Point, New York, 28 May 2014.  Available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/28/remarks-president-united-states-military-academy-commencement-ceremony.  For comment, Mark Landler, “‘America Must Always Lead,’ Obama Tells West Point Graduates,” The New York Times, 2014.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/us/politics/obama-foreign-policy-west-point-speech.html?hp&_r=0.

Budget Speech 2014-14, delivered on 13 May 2014 on the Second Reading of the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) by the Hon J B Hockey MP, Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia.  Available at: http://www.budget.gov.au/2014-15/content/speech/html/speech.htm, with links to other budget papers at: http://www.budget.gov.au/2014-15/index.htm.

Towards Responsible Government, Commonwealth of Australia:

The Report of the National Commission of Audit, Phase One, February 2014, 345 pages.  Available at: http://australianpolitics.com/downloads/budgets/2014/14-05-01_commission-of-audit-report1_phase1.pdf

The Report of the National Commission of Audit Phase Two, March 2014, 195 pages.  Available at: http://australianpolitics.com/downloads/budgets/2014/14-05-01_commission-of-audit-report2_phase2.pdf.

Appendix to the Report of the National Commission of Audit, Volume 1, February 2014, 357 pages.  Available at: http://australianpolitics.com/downloads/budgets/2014/14-05-01_commission-of-audit-report3_appendices1.pdf.

Appendix to the Report of the National Commission of Audit, Volume 2, February 2014, 276 pages.  Available at: http://australianpolitics.com/downloads/budgets/2014/14-05-01_commission-of-audit-report4_appendices2.pdf.

Appendix to the Report of the National Commission of Audit, Volume 3, March 2014, 197 pages.  Available at: http://australianpolitics.com/downloads/budgets/2014/14-05-01_commission-of-audit-report5_appendices3.pdf.

Report Summary prepared by CCH, 1 May 2014, 26 pages.  Available at: http://australianpolitics.com/downloads/budgets/2014/14-05-01_commission-of-audit-report6_summary-cch.pdf.

Text of the Hon. Tony Abbott MP Address to the Sydney Institute, Sydney, 28 April 2014.  Available at: http://images.smh.com.au/file/2014/04/28/5383961/Tony%2520Abbott%27s%2520Address%2520to%2520The%2520Sydney%2520Institute%252014-04-28.pdf?rand=1398686533561.  Comment by AAP, “‘Deficit Tax’” to Cost Earners on $80,000 an Extra $800 a Year: Reports,” 29 April 2014.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/deficit-tax-to-cost-earners-on-80000-an-extra-800-a-year-reports-20140428-zr0zk.html.

Full Text of Chinese President’s Article Published in Le Figaro, 26 March 2014.  Available at: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90883/8578246.html.

President Obama’s Statement on New Sanctions Against Russia, from the White House briefing room, 17 March 2014.  Available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/17/statement-president-ukraine.  Video clip is available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/world/europe/obamas-statement-on-new-sanctions-against-russia.html?_r=0.

Address to the International Women’s Day Breakfast, Sydney, by the Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, 7 March 2014.  Available at: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-03-07/address-international-womens-day-breakfast-sydney.

The Economic Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Five Years Later, Final Report to Congress, Executive Office of the President of the United States, February 2014.  Available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/cea_arra_report.pdf.  Comment at: The Editorial Board, “What the Stimulus Accomplished,”The New York Times, 22 February 2014.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/what-the-stimulus-accomplished.html?ref=opinion.

Australia’s Role in Strengthening International Consultation and Cooperation, Address by Hon J B Hockey, Treasurer, at the Lowy Institute, 6 February 2014.  Available at: http://www.joehockey.com/media/speeches/details.aspx?s=126.

Full Transcript: Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address, 29 January 2014.  Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/full-text-of-obamas-2014-state-of-the-union-address/2014/01/28/e0c93358-887f-11e3-a5bd-844629433ba3_story.html.  For comments on the address: Editorial, “Americans Still Waiting for an Obama They Can Believe In”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 January 2014 at http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/americans-still-waiting-for-an-obama-they-can-believe-in-20140129-31n3s.html.  Editorial Board, “The Diminished State of the Union,” The New York Times, 28 January 2014.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/opinion/the-diminished-state-of-the-union.html?ref=opinion.  Simon Tisdall, “State of the Union: Platitudes of a Post-Imperial Presidency,” The Guardian, 30 January 3014.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/29/state-of-the-union-post-imperial-presidency.

After the Thirty Years War”, by Australian Senator Eric Abetz, Minister for Employment, address to the Australian Institute 28 January 2014.  Available at: http://abetz.com.au/speeches/address-to-the-sydney-institute-after-the-thirty-years-war. For comment on the context of the speech see Peter Hartcher, “The House that Labour Built,” 1 February 2014.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/the-house-that-labour-built-20140131-31sa2.html.

This Year’s G20: Getting the Fundamentals Right, by the Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, Address to the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 23 January 2013.  Available at: http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-01-23/address-world-economic-forum-davos-switzerland-0.

Media Release, Five Billion Dollars Aid Budget to Focus on the Region, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, 18 January 2014.  Available at: http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2014/jb_mr_140118.html.  A table showing the proposed expenditure for 2013-2014 and actual expenditure for 2012-2013 are available at: http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Documents/program-allocations.pdf.  The 2013-2-14 Aid Ministerial Budget Statement as at 14 may 2013 is also available at http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/web/australias-international-development-assistance-program-2013-14/Documents/budget-2013-14-blue-book.pdf.

Remarks by the President on Review of Signals Intelligence, by Barack Obama, from the Department of Justice 17 January 2014.  Available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/17/remarks-president-review-signals-intelligence.  Comment by Tom McCarthy, “Obama Announces New limits on NSA Surveillance Programs – Live Reaction,” The Guardian, 18 January 2014.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/17/obama-nsa-surveillance-reforms-speech-live.

Parent Voices for World Class Education, Speech by Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education, to the National Assessment Governing Board of Education Summit for Parent Leaders, 13 January 2014.  Available at: http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/remarks-us-secretary-education-arne-duncan-national-assessment-governing-board-educati.  For comment see Thomas L Friedman, “Obama’s Homework Assignment,” The New York Times, 19 January 2014.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/opinion/sunday/friedman-obamas-homework-assignment.html?hp&rref=opinion.

The Federal Reserve: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Speech by Chairman Ben S. Bernanke at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 3 January 2014.  Available at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/bernanke20140103a.htm.

Emission Reduction Fund – Green Paper, Australian Government, Department of the Environment, 20 December 2013.  The Government released the Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper outlining its preferred design options for the Emissions Reduction Fund. Public comment and written submissions on the Green Paper are invited before 5pm on Friday 21 February 2014.

100 Days since the Election: We’ve Made A Good Start, by the Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, 15 December 2013.  Videos and text available at: http://australianpolitics.com/2013/12/15/abbott-we-have-made-a-good-start.html.  Comment by Van Badham, The Guardian, 16 December 2013.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/16/100-days-under-abbott-is-his-real-legacy-what-were-not-being-told.

Remarks by the President on Economic Mobility, by Barack Obama, Washington, DC, 4 December 2013.  Text available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/12/04/remarks-president-economic-mobility.  Commentary by Thomas O McGarity, “What Obama Left out of His Inequality Speech: Regulation,” The New York Times, 8 December 2013.  Available at: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/08/what-obama-left-out-of-his-inequality-speech-regulation/?hp&rref=opinion.

Address to Business Council of Australia 30th Anniversary Dinner, by the Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, Sydney, 4 December 2013.  Text available at: http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2013-12-04/address-business-council-australia-30th-anniversary-dinner-sydney.

Australia’s Commitment to Fight HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, announcement by the Hon Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, 3 December 2013.  Available at: http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2013/jb_mr_131203a.html.  Further report and comment by Helen Davidson, “Julie Bishop Accuses Labor of Point-Scoring Over International Aid Pledge,” The Guardian, 4 December 2013.  Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/04/julie-bishop-accuses-plibersek-over-aid.

G20 2014:  Overview of Australia’s Presidency, announced by the Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, 1 Dcember 2013. Available at: http://www.g20.utoronto.ca/summits/2014brisbane.html.  Comment by The Sydney Morning Herald editorial “G20 Presidency a Big Test for PM,” 28 December 2013.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/g20-presidency-a-big-test-for-pm-20131227-2zzi6.html.

Asian Century Plans Consigned to History, by Brendan Nicholson, The Australian, 28 October 2013.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/asian-century-plans-consigned-to-history/story-e6frg8yo-1226747866681#.  Commentary by Michael C H Jones is available at: http://www.accci.com.au/JonesCommentonConsignedtoHistory.pdf or as an online translation into Simplified Chinese here.

Saudi Arabia Rejects Security Council Seat, by Alan Cowell, Rick Gladstone and Robert F Worth, The New York Times, 18 October 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/19/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-rejects-security-council-seat.html?hpw.

Text of President Obama’s Speech at the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/us/politics/text-of-obamas-speech-at-the-un.html?pagewanted=all.  Comments: Editorial Board, “: President Obama at the United Nations, The New York Times, 24 September 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/opinion/president-obama-at-the-united-nations.html?hp&_r=0.  See also: Editorial Board, “Trouble at the Core of the US Foreign Policy,” The Washington Post, 26 September 2013.  Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trouble-at-the-core-of-us-foreign-policy/2013/09/25/b7d2652a-2608-11e3-b75d-5b7f66349852_story.html?hpid=z3.

A Plea for Caution from Russia: What Putin Has to Say to Americans about Syria, by Vladimir V Putin, The New York Times, 11 September 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?hp. See also, Diplomacy as Deterrent, by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, 11 September 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/diplomacy-as-deterrent.html?hp.

Full Transcript: President Obama’s September 10 Speech on Syria, The Washington Post, 11 September 2013.  Available at:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/running-transcript-president-obamas-sept-10-speech-on-syria/2013/09/10/a8826aa6-1a2e-11e3-8685-5021e0c41964_story.html.  See also, Charles M Blow, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World,” The New York Times, 11 September 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/blow-its-a-mad-mad-mad-mad-world.html?hp.

ASEAN-China Transport Minister’s Special Meeting on Connectivity, text of Joint Statement, 2 September 2013, Nanning, China is available at: http://www.asean.org/images/2013/economic/transport/jms%20atmchina%20spc%20mtg%20on%20connectivity%20-final.pdf.

Mexico’s Pena Nieto Defends ‘Ardous’ Reform Agenda, by Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times, 2 September 2013.  Available at: http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-mexico-pena-nieto-defends-agenda-20130902,0,6982344.story.

Remarks by President Obama at the “Let Freedom Ring” Ceremony, Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the Lincoln Memorial, 28 August 2013.  Available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/28/remarks-president-let-freedom-ring-ceremony-commemorating-50th-anniversa.

Remarks on Syria, by John Kerry, US Secretary of State, Press Briefing Room, Washington, DC, 26 August 2013.  Available at: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/08/213503.htm.  See also Responding to Syrian Atrocities, Editorial Board, The New York Times, 26 August 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/27/opinion/responding-to-syrian-atrocities.html?src=un&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fjson8.nytimes.com%2Fpages%2Fopinion%2Findex.jsonp

Obama’s Education Plan on the Ground, by Axel Gerdau, Jesse Mckinley, Alyssa Kim and Marcus Mabry, The New York Times, 22 August 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/08/22/education/100000002401713/obamas-education-plan-on-the-ground.html.

China, Australia Vow to Speed Up FTA Talks, by Xinhua, People’s Daily, 25 July 2013.  Available at: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90883/8340236.html

Remarks by President Obama on the Economy – Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, 24 July 2013.  Available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/24/remarks-president-economy-knox-college-galesburg-il.  For summary and brief comment see:  Michael D Shear and Peter Banker, “Obama Focuses on Economy, Vowing to Help Middle Class, The New York Times, 24 July 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/us/politics/obama-to-restate-economic-vision-at-knox-college.html?hp.  ScottWilson and Zachary A Goldfarb, “Obama at Knox College: ‘Washington Has Taken Its Eye Off the Ball,’” The Washington Post, 25 July 2013.  Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-at-knox-college-washington-has-taken-its-eye-off-the-ball/2013/07/24/89cd357a-f46b-11e2-a2f1-a7acf9bd5d3a_story.html?hpid=z1. No author cited, “The Inequality President,” The Wall Street Journal, 24 July 2013.  Available at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323610704578626142861572144.html.

Kerry Announces Basis for Restarting Mideast Talks, by Michael R. Gordon and Jodi Rudoren, The New York Times, 19 July 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/20/world/middleeast/kerry-extends-stay-in-mideast-to-push-for-talks.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0.

US and China to Extend Co-operation in Effort to Curb Climate Change, by Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, 11 July 2013.  Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/10/america-china-cooperation-reduce-climate-change. 

New Zealand, Chinese Taipei Sign Economic Co-operation Agreement, reported by Xinhua, People’s Daily, 10 July 2013.  Available at: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90778/8320733.html.

Indonesia Country Strategy, Australia in the Asian Century, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 5 July 1213.  Available at: http://www.dfat.gov.au/issues/asian-century/indonesia/.

The Right Tone: Why Germany Should Love Obama a Little More, by Roland Nelles, Spiegel Online, 19 June 2013.  Available at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/editorial-on-the-speech-given-by-us-president-obama-in-berlin-a-906771.html.  The text of Obama’s remarks at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany on 19 June 2013 are available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/19/remarks-president-obama-brandenburg-gate-berlin-germany.

The Critical Decade 2013: A Summary of Climate Change Science, Risks and Responses, by the Australian Climate Commission, June 2013.  Available at: http://climatecommission.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/The-Critical-Decade-2013-Summary_lowres.pdf.

Remarks by the President of the United States in Personnel Announcement, White House, 5 June 2013.  Available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/05/remarks-president-personnel-announcement.  Comment by Mark Landler, “Rice to Replace Donilon in the Top National Security Post”, The New York Times, 5 June 2013 at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/06/us/politics/tom-donilon-to-resign-as-national-security-adviser.html?ref=global-home. 

NSW Human Rights Award, Nominations close at 5pm on 26 June 2013.  Details of the award are available at: http://www.crc.nsw.gov.au/Awards__and__Sponsorships/nsw_human_rights_award.  Nomination forms at: http://www.crc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/20684/NSW_Human_Rights_Award_-_Nomination_Form.pdf.

Julia Gillard To Stay on in Politics, Win or Lose, by Lenore Taylor, The Guardian, 27 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/27/julia-gillard-stay-win-lose.  Full exclusive interview and video is available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/26/julia-gillard-refuses-commit-election.

Remarks John Kerry, US Secretary of State to Special Program on Breaking the Impass, World Economic Forum, Dead Sea, Jordan, 26 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/05/209969.htm.  For commentaries:

The Guardian, “John Kerry Unveils Plan to Boost Palestinian Economy”, by Pheobe Greenwood, 27 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/26/john-kerry-plan-palestinian-economy.

The Washington Post, “A New Road Map to Middle East Peace?”, by David Ignatius, 28 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/david-ignatius-a-new-road-map-to-middle-east-peace/2013/05/27/b6cbf8ca-c6f5-11e2-9245-773c0123c027_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines. 

The New York Times, “Shuttle Diplomacy, Kerry Style”, by The Editorial Board, 28 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/opinion/shuttle-diplomacy-in-the-middle-east-kerry-style.html?ref=global-home.

President Obama’s Speech at the National Defence University, 23 May 2013 is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/23/remarks-president-national-defense-university.  Commentary by Scott Wilson and Greg Miller, “Obama Pledges New Rules on Drones”, The Washington Post, 24 May 2013.  Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-outlines-new-rules-for-drones/2013/05/23/1b5918e6-c3cb-11e2-914f-a7aba60512a7_story.html?hpid=z1.  Peter Baker, “Obama Acts to Curtail Drones”, The New York Times, 23 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/us/politics/pivoting-from-a-war-footing-obama-acts-to-curtail-drones.html?ref=global-home&_r=0.  The Editorial Board, “The End of the Perpetual War”, The New York Times, 23 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/opinion/obama-vows-to-end-of-the-perpetual-war.html?ref=global-home.  Tom Junod, “The Lethal President Sends His Regrets: What Obama’s Drone Speech Meant”, Esquire, 24 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/obama-drone-speech-lethal-president?click=pp.  Lexington, “The War on Terror: The Beginning of the End,” The Economist, 23 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.economist.com/blogs/lexington/2013/05/war-terror?fsrc=nlw|newe|5-27-2013|5769488|34237756|.

China Unveils Details of Pilot Carbon-Trading Program by Johathan Kaiman, The Guardian, 23 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/22/china-carbon-trading-shenzhen.

China’s White Paper on “Progress in Human Rights in 2012”, Information Office of the State Council, 14 May 2013.  Available at: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-05/14/content_16497586.htm.

Market to Play Bigger Role, Says Li, by Ding Qingfen, The China Daily, 14 May 2013.  Available at: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2013-05/14/content_16496434.htm. 

Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2013, US Department of Defence, Office of the Secretary of Defence, “Annual Report to Congress”, 7 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2013_China_Report_FINAL.pdf.  For commentaries:

China Daily, Zhao Xiaozhuo, “US and the Art of Exaggeration”, 13 May 2013.  Available at: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2013-05/13/content_16493568.htm.

Lowy Institute for International Policy, by Sam Roggeveen, “China-PLA: 2nd Comes Right after 1st”, 10 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2013/05/10/Chinas-military-Second-comes-right-after-first.aspx.

China Military Online, no author cited, “Opinion: US DOD Report on Chinese Military Casts a ‘Damper’ on China-US Military Relations”, 8 May 2013.  Available at: http://eng.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/china-military-news/2013-05/08/content_5334546.htm.

Obama Dares Ohio State Graduates to Break Cycle of Cynicism Over Future, The Guardian, 5 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/05/obama-dares-ohio-graduates-commencement.

Australia’s White Paper on Defence, entitled Australian Defence Force Posture Review, was released on 3 May 2013 and is available at: http://www.defence.gov.au/oscdf/adf-posture-review/docs/final/default.htm.

The Critical Decade: Global Action Building in Climate Change, by the Climate Commission (Australian Government), April 2013.  Available at: http://climatecommission.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/The-Critical-Decade-Global-Action-Building-on-Climate-Change-web2May.pdf.    Comment by Michael Slezak, “China Leads in Climate Change’s ‘Critical Decade’”, New Scientist, 30 April 2013.  Available at: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23464-china-leads-in-climate-changes-critical-decade.html. Additional comment by Jennifer Duggan, “Is China Really a Climate Change Leader?” The Guardian, 3 May 2013.  Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/chinas-choice/2013/may/02/china-climate-change-leader.

China’s Military and the US-Japan Alliance in 2030: A Strategic Net Assessment, by Michael D. Swaine, Mike M. Mochizuki, Michael L. Brown, Paul S. Giarra, Douglas H. Paal, Rachel Esplin Odell, Raymond Lu, Oliver Palmer and Xu Ren, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 3 May 2013.  Available at: http://carnegieendowment.org/2013/05/03/china-s-military-and-u.s.-japan-alliance-in-2030-strategic-net-assessment/g1wh.

China’s White Paper on Defence was released on 16 April 2013 by the Information Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.  The official title is “The Diversified Employment of China’s Armed Forces.  It is available online at: http://www.china.org.cn/government/whitepaper/node_7181425.htm.  For commentaries on the White Paper:

The New York Times, by James M Acton, “Is China Changing Its Position on Nuclear Weapons?”, 18 April 2013.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/opinion/is-china-changing-its-position-on-nuclear-weapons.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0. 

People’s Daily, from China Military Online, “Expert Interprets China’s Defence Paper”, 19 April 2013, is available at: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90786/8214252.html.

The Daily Mirror, by Ameen Izzadeen, “China’s Defence White Paper: Sleeping Giant Turns into Fiery Dragon”, 19 April 2013 is available at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/172-opinion/28296-chinas-defence-white-paper--sleeping-giant-turns-into-fiery-dragon.html

Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi), by Jayadeva Ranade, 22 April 2013, is available at: http://www.eurasiareview.com/22042013-chinas-defence-white-paper-2013-analysis/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+eurasiareview%2FVsnE+%28Eurasia+Review%29.

Vast Hidden Wealth Revealed in Leaked Records is reported to be in offshore tax havens by Rick Gladstone in The New York Times, 4 April, 2013.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/05/world/europe/vast-hidden-wealth-revealed-in-leaked-records.html?_r=0.

APEC Calendar of Events, is available at: http://www.apec.org/Events-Calendar.aspx.  The first week in October 2013 is reserved for the APEC Economic Leaders and the APEC Business Advisory Council in Bali, but many other workshops and working groups will convene in various locations before then.

Creative Australia, the Australian Government’s 2013 national cultural policy was introduced on 14 March 2013 by Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia and Simon Crean, Minister for the Arts:  http://creativeaustralia.arts.gov.au/5-minute-overview-2/.

Global Public Outreach, the Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Bureau for Development Policy at UN Development Programme (UNDP) Olav Kjørven announced that preliminary findings of consultations relating to the outreach indicated that people want the United Nations to address challenges such as environmental degradation, unemployment and violence:  http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44453#.UU5BXhzviSo.

Agencies opening up to the opportunities of public sector information, media announcement by Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan to launch a report entitled Open Public Sector Information: From Principles to Practices, on 22 March 2013.  A copy of the release is available at: http://www.oaic.gov.au/news/media_releases/media_release_130222_psi_report.html and an article on it in the Sydney Morning Herald is available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/openness-policy-stymied-from-the-top-20130222-2ewws.html.





Media Announcements About Former World Leaders

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy to the World: Some Less Celebrated Aspects by Asanga Weilkala, groundviews, 8 December 2013.  Available at: http://groundviews.org/2013/12/08/nelson-mandelas-legacy-to-the-world-some-less-celebrated-aspects/.  Commentary by Michael C H Jones at: http://www.accci.com.au/JonesCommentonMandela.pdf or in online translation into Simplified Chinese here.



Australian Companies in China


Australian Companies in China

Peter Cai and Clancy Yeates, “NAB Opens Farm Gate to China”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 February 2013.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/nab-opens-farm-gate-to-china-20130225-2f1zr.html.

David Crowe, “Firms to Ramp up China Ventures” The Australian, 29 January 2013.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/foreign-affairs/firms-to-ramp-up-china-ventures/story-fn59nm2j-1226563805076.

No author cited, “Australia Tackles China’s Fine Wine Market”, Jing Daily, 12 February 2013.  Available at: http://www.jingdaily.com/australia-tackles-chinas-fine-wine-market/23861/.



Chinese Companies in Australia


Chinese Companies in Australia (and Elsewhere)

Sophie Foster, “Chinese Investors Look to Divesify Beyond Resources Sector”, The Courier-Mail, 6 August 2012.  Available at: http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/chinese-investors-look-to-diversify-beyond-resources-sector/story-fnbdkrr9-1226443327176.

Coleen Ryan, “Meet the Chinese Billionaires with Australia in Their Signts”, Austalian Financial Review, 27 July 2012.  Available at: http://www.afr.com/p/lifestyle/afrmagazine/meet_the_chinese_billionaires_with_lu0nMufEkENCzyMWv0DVSL.

Doug Ferguson and Hans Hendrischka, “Demystifying Chinese Investment: Update 2012”, KPMG and Chinese Studies Centre, University of Sydney, 2012.  Available at: http://www.kpmg.com/AU/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/china-insights/Documents/demystifying-chinese-investment-2012.pdf.

Jonathan Greenacre, “Chinese Investment in Australia and the World: More than State-Owned Companies and Mines”, Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation, University of New South Wales, undated but probably in the second half of 2012.  Available at: http://www.clmr.unsw.edu.au/article/compliance/mergers-%26-acquisitions/chinese-investment-australia-and-world-more-state-owned-companies-and-mines.



During 2012


Announcements during 2012

Thom Shanker, “US Forecast as No. 2 Economy, but Energy Independent”, The New York Times, 10 December 2012.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/world/china-to-be-no-1-economy-before-2030-study-says.html.  Additional reporting: Chris McGreal, “China’s Economy to Outgrow America’s by 2030 as World Faces ‘Tectonic Shift’”, The Guardian, 10 December 2012.  Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/10/chinese-economy-america-tectonic-shift.

“Preventive Priorities Survey: 2012”, published each year by the US Council of Foreign Relations, is intended to inform the global community in general, and the US policy community in particular, of the relative urgency and importance of competing conflict prevention demands.  It was released on 8 December 2012 and is available at: http://www.cfr.org/conflict-prevention/preventive-priorities-survey-2012/p26686?cid=otr-partner_site-atlantic.

Freedom House’s 2012 report states that 26 countries showed “declines” in their level of political freedom while only 12 made “gains”.  This is the sixth consecutive year in which countries with declines outnumber those with improvements.  Details are available at: http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/freedom-world-2012.

No author cited, “Singapore Hails India’s Decision to Join Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership”, Bernama, 18 November 2012.  Available at: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v6/newsbusiness.php?id=709785.  Additional information is available from the Bangkok Post, “ASEAN Leaders Begin RCEP Negotiations”, 21 November 2012 at: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/322261/asean-leaders-begin-rcep-negotiations.  A brief comment appears in People’s Daily, “East Asia Cooperation Should Not Be Distracted by Sea Dispute”, 24 November 2012 at: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90883/8032722.html.  See also: Jane Perlez, “Asian Nations Plan Trade Bloc That, Unlike US’s Invites China”, The New York Times, 10 November 2012.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/21/world/asia/southeast-asian-nations-announce-trade-bloc-to-rival-us-effort.html?_r=0.

WTO launched a new “International Trade and Market Access” interactive tool on 19 November 2012.  It provides a new dynamic presentation for all WTO data on merchandise and commercial services trade as well as selected market access indicators from World Tariff Profiles.  It can be accessed through the WTO’s website: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news12_e/stat_19nov12_e.htm.

An OECD report entitled “Looking to 2060: Long-Term Growth Prospects for the World”, projects the following shares of global GDP for 2030: China 28%, USA 18%, Euro area 12%, India 11%and Japan 4%.  Details are available at: http://www.oecd.org/economy/economicoutlookanalysisandforecasts/lookingto2060.htm.

Workshop report from the Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society, ‘Human Enhancement and the Future of Work”, November 2012.  Available at: http://royalsociety.org/uploadedFiles/Royal_Society_Content/policy/projects/human-enhancement/2012-11-06-Human-enhancement.pdf.

Economic research group Prognos, in a study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung (Bertelsmann Foundation), estimated that exits from the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) by Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy would wipe a total of €17.2 trillion off worldwide growth by 2020.  See article in Spiegel Online at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/study-warns-euro-exit-of-southern-nations-could-cost-17-trillion-euros-a-861775.html.  A summary of the study was released by the foundation in English at: http://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/cps/rde/xchg/SID-5BCE144E-E373C1A0/bst_engl/hs.xsl/nachrichten_113793.htm.  Both of these are dated 17 October 2012.

The Productivity Commission’s draft report entitled “Electricity Network Regulatory Frameworks” is available online at: http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/electricity/draft.  The deadline for written comments is Friday 23 November 2012.  For a commentary on the draft report see Phillip Coorey, “Power Bills to Fall $250 with Electricity Reforms”, The Sydney Morning Herald 18 October 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/power-bills-to-fall-250-with-electricity-reforms-20121017-27rnz.html.

The Fraser Institute’s publication known as Economic Freedom of the World 2012 is available at: http://www.freetheworld.com/release.html.  The full report occupies 11MB but individual chapters can be downloaded separately.  Chapter 1 gives country rankings for 2010 and indicates that Australia’s overall ranking is equal 5th (with Canada) among 144 countries.  Hong Kong remains in first place, as it has for many years.

Australian and New Zealand Productivity Commissions, Strengthening Trans-Tasman Economic Relations, Discussion Draft, September 2012 is available online at: http://transtasman-review.pc.gov.au/study/discussion-draft.  The Commissions welcome submissions on the discussion draft and the deadline for these is 18 October 2012.  Go to: Make a submission page or Quick Comments page.

Education at a Glance 2012: OECD Indicators, published 11 September 2012, is available online at: http://www.oecd.org/edu/eag2012.htm.  Country notes, including one for Australia, can be downloaded from the page just cited.

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2012 is available online as a free preview before the printed copies become available in October.  Visit: http://www.keepeek.com/oecd/media/science-and-technology/oecd-science-technology-and-industry-outlook-2012_sti_outlook-2012-en.  The country profile for Australia is available at: http://www.oecd.org/sti/sti-outlook-2012-australia.pdf.

APEC 2012 Leaders’ Week – Vladivostok from 2-9 September.  Official calendar at: http://www.apec2012.ru/calendar/20120902/462324554.html.

Senior Officials’ Meeting – 2-3 September;

APEC Business Advisory Council Meeting - 4-6 September;

APEC Ministerial Meeting – 5-6 September:

APEC CEO Summit – 7-9 September; and

APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting 8-9 September.

Four key priorities for the APEC meetings are:

Liberalising trade and investment and expanding regional integration;

Strengthening food security;

Establishing reliable supply chains; and

Fostering innovative growth.

APEC 2012 News, Documents and Commentaries

No author cited, “Siberian Cranes Bring Extremely Good Luck to Russia’s APEC Summit”, Pravda, 10 September 2012.  Available at: http://english.pravda.ru/russia/economics/10-09-2012/122115-apec_russia_putin-0/.

The 20th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, “APEC Leaders Issue Declaration”, 9 September 2012.  Available at: http://www.apec.org/Press/News-Releases/2012/0909_declaration.aspx

2012 APEC Ministerial Meeting, “Joint Statement”, 5-6 September 2012.  Available at: http://www.apec.org/Meeting-Papers/Ministerial-Statements/Annual/2012/2012_amm.aspx.

Vladimir Putin, “An Asia-Pacific Growth Agenda”, The Wall Street Journal, 5 September 2012.  Available at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443847404577629312716242648.html.

Interfax, “APEC Trade Ministers Oppose Curbs on Food Exports”, Russia Behind the Headlines, 5 September 2012.  Available at: http://rbth.ru/articles/2012/09/05/apec_trade_ministers_oppose_curbs_on_food_exports_17950.html.

Irena Drobysheva, “APEC to Improve Transportation Between Russia and Asia”, Russia Behind the Headlines, 5 September 2012.  Available at: http://rbth.ru/articles/2012/08/02/apec_countries_to_improve_transportation_between_russia_and_asia_16979.html.

The text of ACCCI support letter for Market Explorer Limited is available at: http://accci.com.au/SupportLetterforMEL.pdf.

The theme for the Asia Financial Forum 2013 is “Asia Shaping the Next Global Landscape” at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 14-15 January 2013.  Details are available at: http://www.asianfinancialforum.com/download/aff2013_brochure_en.pdf.

Early this year the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education issued a report entitled “Science and Research Collaboration between Australia and China”.  It is available online at: http://www.innovation.gov.au/Science/InternationalCollaboration/ACSRF/Documents/DIISRTE-AustraliaChinaCollaboration.pdf.  A brief summary appears in the January-March issue of Australian R&D at: http://www.australianrdreview.com/.

Jodi Rudoren, “Time for Talk with Iranians Is Over, Israel Declares”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 August 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/time-for-talk-with-iranians-is-over-israel-declares-20120813-244yl.html.

Kareem Fahim, “Egyptian Leader Forces Generals into Retirement”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 August 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/egyptian-leader-forces-generals-into-retirement-20120813-243x0.html.

Nick O’Malley, John Garnaut and Dylan Welch, “US Eyes Perth Naval Base”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 August 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/us-eyes-perth-naval-base-20120801-23fy9.html.  For follow-up information see: “No WA Home for US Carrier Group”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 August 2012, at: http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/no-wa-home-for-us-carrier-group-20120802-23glz.html and “Perth Naval Base ‘Plan’ Would Cost Too Much: Study Author”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 August 2012 at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/perth-naval-base-plan-would-cost-too-much-study-author-20120802-23h3n.html.  For a chronology of articles and reports relating to the issues raised by these three articles, and a commentary on them, see: http://www.accci.com.au/CommentonHMASStirling.pdf.

Polina Chernitsa, “Turkey Ops for SCO – OpEd”, Eurasia Review, 28 July 2012.  Available at: http://www.eurasiareview.com/28072012-turkey-opts-for-sco-oped/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+eurasiareview%2FVsnE+%28Eurasia+Review%29.

Philip Dorling, “Canada Spy Case Rocks ASIO”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 July 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/canada-spy-case-rocks-asio-20120724-22nob.html.

Misna, “South African Ms Dlamini-Zuma Elected President of AU Commission. Eurasia Review, 17 July 2012.  Available at: http://www.eurasiareview.com/17072012-south-african-ms-dlamini-zuma-elected-president-of-au-commission/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+eurasiareview%2FVsnE+%28Eurasia+Review%29.  For additional commentary see: “Controversial Appointment”, The Economist, 21 July 2012.  Available at: http://www.economist.com/node/21559397?fsrc=nlw|wwp|7-19-2012|2829692|34237756|.

The 2012 International Corporate Governance Network Dinner in the Netherlands on 3 December includes an Oxford-style debate on the proposition that “Companies that do not report on material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are less attractive to institutional investors”.  Additional information is available from Tina Chande: tina.chande@cign.org.  Note also that ACCCI initiated recently a separate section of links on corporate governance at: http://accci.com.au/Ethics&Governance.htm#governance.

Artin Afkhami, “Authors Say Israel Killed Iran Scientists”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 July 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/authors-say-israel-killed-iran-scientists-20120712-21yx3.html.

Pew Global Attitudes Survey Reports: (1) “Pervasive Gloom About the World Economy”, 12 July 2012.  Available at: http://www.pewglobal.org/2012/07/12/pervasive-gloom-about-the-world-economy/. (2) “Global Opinion of Obama Slips, International Policies Faulted”, 12 July 2012.  Available at: http://www.pewglobal.org/2012/06/13/global-opinion-of-obama-slips-international-policies-faulted/.

Jackson Diehl, “A Gold Medal for Press Freedom”, The Washington Post, 23 July 2012.  Available at: 23 July 2012.  Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jackson-diehl-a-gold-medal-for-press-freedom/2012/07/22/gJQAZua42W_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions.

AFP, “Telecom Boss Probed Over Slew of Suicides”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 July 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/telecom-boss-probed-over-slew-of-suicides-20120706-21kp3.html.

People’s Daily Online, “Chinese, Americans Hold Mixed Attitudes Toward Each Other”, People’s Daily, 5 July 2012.  Available at: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90883/7866703.html.

Bank for International Settlements, “It’s Time to Break the Vicious Cycles, Says BIS in 82nd Annual Report”, 24 June.  Available at: http://www.bis.org/press/p120624.htm.  The link to the 82 Annual Report is: http://www.bis.org/publ/arpdf/ar2012e.htm.  A commentary on the annual report:  Jack Ewing, “Bankers Call for Wider Measures to Stem Crisis”, The New York Times, 24 June 2012.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/business/global/25iht-banks25.html?partner=rss&emc=rss.

Paul Polman and Daniel Servitje, “Opinions: The Global Challenge of Food and Nutrition Security”, The Washington Post, 18 June 2012.  Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-global-challenge-of-food-and-nutrition-security/2012/06/17/gJQAWse1jV_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions.

The results of a public opinion survey of “Turkish Foreign Policy” relating to intervention in Syria are available at: http://edam.org.tr/document/Edam2012Survey2.pdf.

Asher Moses, “Heavy Fog on Information Superhighway as Action Plan Scorned as ‘Fluff’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/heavy-fog-on-information-superhighway-as-action-plan-scorned-as-fluff-20120611-20661.html.

John Ross, “Dawkins Reviews Training Standards”, The Australian, 9 June 2012.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/dawkins-reviews-training-standards/story-fn59nlz9-1226389427310.

The International Monetary Fund recently published a review of the five years since the onset of the global financial crisis in Finance and Development, Vol. 49, No 2 (June 2012).  Articles include: “The Crisis and Beyond”, “Tracking the Global Recovery”, “Fixing the System”, “Trade Policy: So Far so Good?” and “Shedding Debt”.  Available at: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2012/06/index.htm#panel-3.

Recent announcements from the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), including the inauguration of the Secretariat premises on 7 May 2012, are available at: http://www.iorarc.org/.

Sean Nicholls, “Treasurer Unfazed by AAA Warning”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 May 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/treasurer-unfazed-by-aaa-warning-20120522-1z39v.html.

“Asian Century Series” features articles by distinguished analysts from the East Asia region with special emphasis on the challenges associated with economics and politics of the current century.  It is published by East Asia Forum at the Australian National University with the intention of having this literature feed into the Australian Government White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century.  It is available at: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/tag/asiancentury/.

The 14 May issue of The Atlantic is devoted to a special report on China, with 15 short articles describing recent developments and changes in China.  It is available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/special-report/china-takes-off/.

Invitation to attend the 7th APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Technology Conference and Fair in Chengdu, PRC 22-25 June 2012.  Details and application from at: http://www.accci.com.au/ChengduFair.pdf.

Jane Sullivan, “Axing a Literary Prize Is So Wrong”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/axing-a-literary-prize-is-so-wrong-20120417-1x5in.html

Peter Hartcher, “Tipping Point from West to Rest Just Passed”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 April 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/tipping-point-from-west-to-rest-just-passed-20120416-1x3pa.html.

OECD, “Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction – Highlights”, March 2012.  Available at: http://www.oecd.org/env/environmentalindicatorsmodellingandoutlooks/49846090.pdf.

Matt Wade, “Cracks Appear in Business Outlook”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 February 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/cracks-appear-in-business-outlook-20120221-1tlt6.html.

Michael West, “Will S&P Fight to the Death”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 February 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/will-sp-fight-to-the-death-20120221-1tkwc.htm.

Media Release, “Inquiry into the Establishment of Special Economic Zones”, Legislative Assembly Committee on Economic Development, New South Wales Parliament, 13 February 2012.  Available at: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/committee.nsf/0/d4167c40c4c08e82ca2579440010c543/$FILE/Media%20release%20-%2013%20February%202012%20-%20Inquiry%20into%20the%20.

Dylan Welch, “Australia’s Link to Secret Iraq Prisons’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February, 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/australias-link-to-secret-iraq-prisons-20120208-1rf10.html.

Invitation from the Australia China Business Council to attend the China Oration Dinner 2012 on 15 March 2012 at the Great Hall, University of Technology, Sydney.  The Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, will speak on the topic “Making Sense of China!.  Details are available at: http://www.acbc.com.au/default.asp?id=1,3,15,784.

Philip Wen, “China Lets Jailed Australian Appeal Against Conviction”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 February 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/china-lets-jailed-australian-appeal-against-conviction-20120203-1qxk1.html.

Interfaith Prayer Meeting 2012: Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 64th Martyrdom Anniversary on 15 February 2012, Theatrette at Parliament House.  Details at: http://www.accci.com.au/InterfaithPrayerMeeting.pdf.

Stakeholder Consultations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Tuesday 7 February at Level 10, Angel Place, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney.  Registration form at: http://www.accci.com.au/TTPStakeholderConsultations.pdf.

Inaugural Gandhi Oration: Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 64th Martyrdom Anniversary on 30th January 2012 at Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington campus.  Details at: http://www.accci.com.au/InauguralGandhiOration.pdf.

Invitation to attend the opening of “Finding Connection”, an exhibition of paintings by Louisa Chan at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown.  Details are available at: http://www.accci.com.au/LouisaChan.pdf.

Voice of America, “US Imposes Sanctions on China Oil Company Over Iran Trade”, Eurasia Review, 13 January 2012.  Available at: http://www.eurasiareview.com/13012012-us-imposes-sanctions-on-china-oil-company-over-iran-trade/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+eurasiareview%2FVsnE+%28Eurasia+Review%29.