China's emergence: implications for Australia

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China's emergence: implications for Australia

28 March 2006

© Commonwealth of Australia 2006
ISBN  0 642 71638 2

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Members of the Committee (PDF 167KB)
Terms of reference (PDF 163KB)
Executive summary and recommendations (PDF 212KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and conduct of the inquiry (PDF 453KB)
Referral of the inquiry
Timing of the inquiry
Terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Public hearings
Background to the report
Structure of the report
Chapter 2 - China's foreign policy (PDF 319KB)
Factors shaping China's foreign policy
The importance of economic growth and social stability
The importance of securing reliable supplies of essential resources
The role of national identity in shaping China's foreign policy
Peaceful development and smile diplomacy
Behind smile diplomacy
Chapter 3 - China and East Asia—Good Neighbours (PDF 425KB)
Regional stability a priority
Chinese soft power in East Asia—peace, progress and cooperation
Active bilateral engagement with East Asia countries
China's new multilateralism/multilateral framework
China and ASEAN
ASEAN Free Trade Agreement
ASEAN plus three
ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF)
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
East Asia Summit (EAS)
China's role in EAS
The EAS and Australia
Australia and the growing integration of East Asia
Chapter 4 - China's relations with the United States (PDF 288KB)
U.S.–China relationship
China's emerging influence and the US response
Sino–U.S. strategic concerns: partners or competitors?
U.S. reservations: can China be a responsible stakeholder?
U.S.–China: contrasts in foreign policy
Chapter 5 - China, the U.S. and the shifting balance of influence in East Asia (PDF 329KB)
United States of America's engagement with ASEAN countries
The United States and the EAS
Triangular relations involving China and the U.S.
Maintaining healthy relations with two superpowers
Australia as an intermediary?
Chapter 6 - China's military modernisation (PDF 422KB)
China's defence policy
Building a modern military force
Priorities in China's defence policy
China—'We have never forsworn the use of force'
China's defence policy beyond Taiwan
Australia's response to China's military modernisation
China's defence budget
China—reporting on its defence budget
Improving transparency
China–Australia Defence Relations
Arms control in the region
Chapter 7 - Taiwan (PDF 324KB)
People and trade: close cross-strait ties
The cross-strait status quo
Difficulties facing the status quo
Taiwan's evolving political environment
China's response
U.S. strategic ambiguity
Can the status quo be sustained?
Australia and the cross-strait status quo
Australia's responsibility under ANZUS
Chapter 8 - Japan (PDF 310KB)
Issues contributing to the tension in the China–Japan relationship
Chinese sensitivity over World War Two
Sino-Japanese strategic rivalry
Resources and territorial disputes
Importance of regional stability for Japan and China
Implications for Australia
Trilateral security dialogue—Japan, the United States and Australia
Chapter 9 - China and the North Korean nuclear issue (PDF 412KB)
North Korea's admission of nuclear rearmament
China's entry into the multilateral dialogue
The first round of Six-Party talks—August 2003
The second round of Six-Party talks—February 2004
The third round of Six Party talks—June 2004
The fourth round of Six Party talks—July 2005
Agreement on disarmament—the September joint statement
The fifth round of Six-Party talks—November 2005
Japan and the Republic of Korea: broader interests
Australia's continuing interest in the North Korean nuclear issue
Chapter 10 - Southwest Pacific (PDF 923KB)
China's engagement with countries in the Southwest Pacific
Visit diplomacy
Development aid
China and Taiwan: competitors in the Southwest Pacific
Problems created by the contest between China and Taiwan in the Southwest Pacific
Most immediate problems
The effects of China's growing influence in the Southwest Pacific
Australia's approach to China's presence in the Southwest Pacific
The Pacific Islands Forum
Chapter 11 - Australia and China's foreign policy (PDF 287KB)
China's foreign policy
China and ASEAN countries
ASEAN Regional Forum
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
The East Asia Summit
Summary—regional fora
China and the United States
China's military modernisation
China and Taiwan
China and Japan
The North Korean nuclear issue
Southwest Pacific
Need for skilled diplomacy
Trained analysts
Appendix 1 - Public Submissions (PDF 193KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 172KB)
Appendix 3 - Additional information, tabled documents and answers to questions on notice (PDF 223KB)
Appendix 4 - Key issues for roundtable - Tuesday, 13 September 2005 (PDF 217KB)
Appendix 5 - Senior PLA visits to Australia and senior Australian Department of Defence visits to China
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