Colin Mackerras

Colin Mackerras

Emeritus Professor Colin Mackerras (Officer in the Order of Australia, Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities of Australia) is a specialist on Chinese history, musical theatre and ethnic minorities, as well as Australia-China relations and Western images of China.

Australia-China Diplomatic Relations at Half a Century: Some Reflections

This post is based on an article published in the Asian Studies Review. The article can be read here and is current available open-access to all readers. Since December 1972, when the ALP government of Gough Whitlam established diplomatic relations with China, each country has benefited from the other in myriad ways, including geostrategic, economic, …

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Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road: a potent symbol of change

China’s 21st century initiative to revive the ‘silk road’ on land and sea may be the most ambitious development the world has seen At a time when globalisation from the West appears to be in retreat, the Belt and Road Initiative is a potent symbol of the rise of China-based globalisation. The BRI, part of …

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