onsdag 5. april 2017

Trade with China: Proceed with caution

Last week, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to a game of Australian rules football. Momentarily non-partisan, the crowd booed them both loudly. It was the third jarring reminder to Mr. Li of the perils of democracy, Australian style. Some days earlier, at a strategic studies conference in Singapore, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop somewhat gratuitously told China that it could only reach its full economic potential if it went further to embrace democracy. And this week, an unprecedented alignment across Australia's political spectrum combined to reject the "ratification" of Australia's extradition treaty with China, widely seen as a victory for human rights. Read more