Chinese buy Aussie gene mine

A world-leading genetic resource created in Western Australia has been sold to Chinese buyers. The “gene mine” that helps researchers rapidly map and identify genes linked to human diseases has been snapped up by China’s leading animal sciences institute and medical school in a $US2 million ($2.56m) sale. Lead researcher Grant Morahan, of the Harry…

Labor plans joint ventures with China in Australia’s north

Labor could enter jointly funded infrastructure ventures with the Chinese government in Australia’s north under Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative, all as part of an escalated embrace of Asia, should it win the next election. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen will today propose coordinating the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund with the Belt and Road…

Beijing’s warning to Australian universities

In a veiled threat to Australian universities, a state-run Chinese newspaper has warned that their treatment of the country’s students is jeopardising billions of dollars in tuition fees. An editorial in the Global Times said Australian institutions were treating Chinese students as a “cash machine” while doing little to help them mix with locals, and…

Dutton signs trade deal with China

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement with China, in a move aimed at boosting trade between the two countries. Mr Dutton and Minister of China Customs Yu Guangzhou signed the agreement in Canberra today, enabling the countries’ customs and border protection departments to recognise each other’s Authorized Economic Operator programs. Australia…

No place for anti-China thoughts, Chinese students taught to ‘snitch’

Chinese students taught to ‘snitch’ on politically incorrect lecturers The war being waged by Chinese international students against “politically incorrect” lecturers in Australia hasn’t emerged out of the blue. It has flowed out from China’s increasingly regimented education system. It has come from a cohesive approach pursued over the past five years by the Chinese…

Chinese students turn on Aussie professors

Tensions rise as Chinese government’s influence infiltrates Aussie universities AUSTRALIAN educators are increasingly coming under attack from Chinese students, raising concerns their government’s influence is permeating our universities. The students have been openly complaining about Western teaching methods and ideas, and publicly demanding apologies or changes to how subjects are explored. The trend has raised…

Chinese influence in Darwin school ‘not a concern’ for NT Government

The Northern Territory Government is unconcerned about Chinese Government control over a language and culture course at a Darwin School, the NT Education Minister says. Chinese Government agency the Confucius Institute opened its first language and culture course in the Northern Territory at Woodroffe Primary School on Wednesday. “The [Confucius] classroom funding comes from a…

Immigration intake will remain at record level for 2017 – 2018

Australia’s permanent migration programme for 2017-18 will remain at a ceiling of 190,000 places. This was announced by Department of Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton on budget day. After recent announcements of abolishing the 457 visas and strengthening the requirement to gain Australia’s citizenship, all eyes were on government to see if the…

What Chinese are buying in Australia

THE Chinese continue to pour money into Australian businesses, infrastructure, resources and real estate to the tune of $15.36 billion in 2016. The figure is the highest it’s been since 2008 when Chinese direct investment reached its peak of $21.6 billion, according to a report from KPMG and the University of Sydney. Commercial real estate…

Parents fears over Chinese Confucius program in schools 

PARENTS have raised serious concerns about a program, devised and funded by the Chinese regime, being offered at some north shore public schools. “It’s basically a Chinese regime-run institution on an Australian campus, which concerns me for a few different reasons. “Confucius classrooms are not run by Australian schools, they are run by the Chinese…