A pivotal decision by PM Morrison can rekindle Australia China relations
Prof Chris Nyland article in John Menadue caught our attention when he wrote that “the share of Chinese students who have applied to study in Australia next year is 53% of all international students, a jump from 27% last year.
Australian universities may come to regret the end of the Trump presidency
By CHRIS NYLAND | On 25 November 2020
It was reported in the media that Chinese students were encouraged to go elsewhere other than Australia. However, these figures were backed up by the Mitchell Institute which reported that whilst the number of international students applied to study in Australia plummeted in 2021, the number of Chinese applicants rose proportionally higher.
Prof Nyland has given major reasons for the rise and they are summarized here (for details see the original article).
1. Chinese post-covid19 economy rebounded quicker than any country in the world and Australia has managed the pandemic well.
2. The Trump’s executive order in imposing stricter visa conditions in the US has compelled Chinese students to look elsewhere.
3. Chinese government continues to allow parents to decide where to send their children for overseas education and overseas graduate still gets premium salaries.
4. China continues to build a knowledge-based society and education is the best investment.
Prof Nyland has given good advice to our Australian education establishment and government which should take advantage of these reasons to restore the Australian education to its formal glory as a great export income earner. However, he did analyse the pro and con of towing the American line.
Following our numerous opinion pieces appealing for sensible and constructive diplomacy, we are pleased to see that there appeared to be some change in the geopolitical winds in the Australia-China relations. We hope this could be the start for the thawing of the frozen relationship for the following reasons:
1. The statements by our PM Morrison in London, reported in the SMH, are most welcomed by the 1.2 million Chinese Australians. Changes coming from the top of the Australian leadership will be very much appreciated and remembered by the Chinese Australian community.
"Happy coexistence": Scott Morrison offers China an olive branch in London speech https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/happy-coexistence-scott-morrison-offers-china-an-olive-branch-in-london-speech-20201123-p56hae.html (24Nov2020)
Australia will not be "deputy sheriff" in US-China tensions, Morrison declares (SMH 23 Nov 2020)
2. The signing of the RCEP by Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and 10 ASEAN nations is a good sign as we opinionated last Saturday. Its growth will eliminate poverty, generate shared responsibility and prosperity and most importantly ensuring peaceful development for all.
3. China bashing articles has been diminishing and the anti-China rhetoric has been toned down significantly.
However, action speaks louder than voice. We hope the return of the Chinese students and trade etc will stir PM Morrison into action. It could be the turning point of the Australia-China relations and its return to normalcy would guarantee a rapid post-covid19 economy recovery for Australia. Australia can be a great peace mediator and constructive diplomacy excels gunboat diplomacy anytime anywhere. Australia and China must now rekindle their past friendship and let the useful dialogue begins.
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, Foundation President CCCA & National Coordinator NCALG
Mr Kingsley Liu, President, CCCA
Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
National Chinese Australian Leaders Group:
Maria Chan, Shirley Huang, Dickson Mak, Daphne Lowe Kelley, James Leung, Lee Xj Li, Tony Tang, Tony Pang, Mark Wang, Kee Guan Saw, Junxi Su, Khoon Tan, Michael Yau OAM. Li Zhang, May Hu, OAM. Sam Wong AM