The growing Australian backlash against Chinese influence


Will a Confucius Institute become the next point of contention in Australia-China relations? The Guardian says the former head of Australia’s national intelligence advisory body is calling for an “urgent review” of the arrangement, which dates back to 2011. While Confucius Institutes are found at many universities around the world, the New South Wales Department of Education’s decision to host a Confucius Institute represents the first time the Chinese organization has been “embedded” in a government department.

More on this topic:

  • Australian sinologist and China Heritage editor Geremie R. Barmé reflects from New Zealand on the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the PRC, and Australia’s small neighbor’s approach to Beijing.
  • New legislation on espionage and foreign political donations is planned by Australia’s government in response to concerns over Chinese interference, which China denies. We summarized the situation earlier this week.


  • China’s sexual harassment problem
    Simone McCarthy reports for SupChina on all the reasons why China is unlikely to see a #MeToo movement that could challenge the misogynistic status quo.

China’s sexual harassment problem

Many residents of China’s frigid northern regions are wondering where the heat has gone as the government continues with its push to move away from coal to cleaner sources of fuel. But costs and lack of access to gas and electricity in some areas have posed challenges, forcing authorities to backtrack and allow the use of coal or firewood for heating in 28 northern cities.

One of three women in a class action lawsuit against China Railway Logistics was awarded back pay and additional compensation, and the other women’s cases are ongoing. The suit is China’s first class action alleging pregnancy discrimination by an employer.

A large and colorful doll stranded amid the rubble of a destroyed shantytown exerts an emotional pull, writes SupChina’s Anthony Tao. “Every object is liable to find itself on the wrong side of a bulldozer,” he writes. “When it comes to staying power, only the symbols have a shot.”

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