Australia’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in recent years has been characterised by increasing levels of political friction driven by concerns around national security, human rights and sovereignty, among other issues, with Australia on the receiving end of muscular rhetoric from the PRC government and its state media outlets. In some instances, this has been punctuated by statements from the PRC government suggesting economic consequences for Australia. In April, for example, the PRC Ambassador to Australia warned that PRC consumers could boycott Australian exports such as education, beef and wine in response to the Australian government’s advocacy for an independent, international inquiry into the origins and spread of COVID-19.
To what extent does public opinion in the PRC support or align with such claims? What reactions have there been to recent developments in Australia-PRC relations in the PRC outside the government? How do PRC citizens perceive Australia more broadly?
The Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:ACRI) will host an online webinar with Will Glasgow, China correspondent for The Australian newspaper; Jack Brady, CEO and Executive Director of AustCham Shanghai; and Diane Hu, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Australian Studies Centre at Beijing Foreign Studies University, moderated by UTS:ACRI Director Professor James Laurenceson, to discuss these questions and more.