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The growing Australian backlash against Chinese influence

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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.

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  • 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.

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Sky Canaves

Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.