Authors: Niv Horesh, University of Nottingham, and Emilian Kavalski, ACU
One day in June 2013, President Xi Jinping and his wife and First Lady Peng Liyuan touched down in Trinidad and Tobago. As the pair embarked the aircraft and strode down the gangway, there was something unmistakably ostentatious — a swagger even — in Peng’s turquoise attire and Xi’s matching tie. It marked a shift in China’s approach to international relations.
The first major joint study of the economic relationship between Australia and China was launched in Beijing on Saturday, 27 June.