Ciara Morris is a policy officer at China Matters, an independent Australian policy institute. China Matters does not have an institutional view. The opinions expressed here are the author’s alone. Ciara is in the final stages of an International Master of Public Administration with the School of Government at Peking University. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours I) in Government and International Relations and Chinese Studies from the University of Sydney. Ciara is a Mandarin speaker. Her main area of interest is PRC geopolitical ambitions in the Asia-Pacific region and Australian foreign policy responses.
Australia must stand up to China on issues that matter, such as the arbitrary detention of its citizens, but not by clinging to US coattails at Quad meetings. Only by sitting at the same table as Beijing and discussing the security of the region together can Canberra ensure peace and stability. Continue reading »