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Abbott warned on grandstanding on China

A TOP strategy and security lobby group has urged the federal Government to stop "grandstanding" on relations with China that could be "counter-productive" to Australia's foreign agenda.

The paper from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute warned the Abbott government to make sure Beijing understood its policy agenda, in to prevent stoking "China's sensitivity".

"In other words, Canberra should be results-oriented and problem-solving to promote national interests, and place less emphasis and diplomatic capital on merely making political statements and grandstanding, which mightn't be as effective as wished for and at worst could be counter-productive," the paper reads.

The paper comes after China and the government prepare for a series of high-level trade talks in April, which could lead to a free trade agreement that has been unfinished for eight years.

Author Dr Jingdong Yuan, associate professor at the Centre for International Studies, wrote that despite unprecedented growth in trade between both nations, human rights issues continue to threaten the relationship.

"Pragmatism, along with feasible and achievable objectives, dedicated resources and committed political will, is a critical ingredient of success," he wrote.

Released earlier this week, the paper on "Chinese perspectives on Australia" also warned of the potential implications of the government's decision to turn down last year's proposed Graincorp takeover.

"The recent decision to deny ADM's Graincorp bid can be used as an illustration that such determinations are largely based on national interests and not on political considerations or country-specific," Dr Yuan wrote.

Topics:  abbott government china


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