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Jocelyn Chey

About Jocelyn Chey

Jocelyn Chey is Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University and UTS. She formerly held diplomatic posts in China and Hong Kong. She is a member of the Order of Australia (AM) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

JOCELYN CHEY.  Marsupial Madness and the Batty Media

Reliable sources of information on Australian ties with China do not include the ultra-nationalistic PRC Global Times when it applauds Australia receiving a “slap to the face,” or the Vision Times, which reports that people have recovered from COVID-19 after … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Hong Kong’s Fate in the Balance

A national security bill for Hong Kong will be put to the National People’s Congress (NPC) now meeting in Beijing. This aims to end an impasse in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, which has never passed local legislation to enact Article … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. The Fragrant Harbour and the Northern Capital

After Covid-19 forced a temporary shutdown of protests in Hong Kong they have now re-emerged. Beijing representatives and their local supporters are proposing new challenges. There is no sign of an olive branch and compromise is not on the agenda … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Who Would Be a Chinese Ambassador?

I write in defence of PRC Ambassador Cheng Jingye, who is accused of threatening a tit-for-tat trade war.

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JOCELYN CHEY. Corona Politics and China Relations

Recent media discussion of relations between Australia and China seems run to a simplistic logic, dividing the world into goodies and baddies. Such a line is being promoted by Donald Trump in an attempt to shift blame for the spread … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. “People Matter” – Let’s Not Make Exceptions

The corona virus emergency should bring out the best in people, but in some it is causing vicious blame-sharing. Fingers are being pointed at Chinese Australians and accusations levelled of lack of patriotism and even illegal activities.

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JOCELYN CHEY: Turbo Charge or Tough It Out? The New Board for the Foundation for Australia-China Relations

One important category of Chinese Australians is not represented, and some choices seem calculated to prejudice improving relations with the People’s Republic of China. 

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JOCELYN CHEY Two Systems One Strait

The re-election of Tsai Ying-wen at the weekend ensures the continuation of the status quo as far as relations between the Republic of China and the People’s Republic across the Strait.

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JOCELYN CHEY.- China Series: Where To From Here?(A repost from 23.12.2019)

A SERIES of posts on this blog in the last two weeks have highlighted aspects of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that are often overlooked in discussion of the bilateral relationship. We have to get used to living with … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY China: Where To From Here?

A series of posts on this blog in the last two weeks have highlighted aspects of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that are often overlooked in discussion of the bilateral relationship. We have to get used to living with … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Immutable China?

China is often described as a nation with unchanging values and an alien culture, inscrutable and radically different from our own. Chinese culture is said to be characterised by unquestioning loyalty to the State, emphasis on the group to the … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Pearls and Irritations China Series.

What, why and how China Spying. Lobbying. Corruption. Debt trap diplomacy. It seems Australia’s relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have sunk to an all-time low. It is therefore all the more important to understand that country. Criticisms … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. One Two,Buckle my Seatbelt; Hong Kong’s Special Status

The world has changed hugely since 1984. China of course has grown richer and more powerful. Since Xi Jinping was made Party and state leader in 2013 it has changed in more sinister ways. He has increased central control and … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. “A Solution of Sorts”

Public trust in China as a responsible international player has declined dramatically according to the Lowy Institute’s annual poll released this week. The reasons for this are not hard to find since there has been ongoing anti-China propaganda in the … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY Hongkongers deserve support.

  Sunday’s march on Hong Kong’s Legislative Council brought an estimated million people onto the streets, which if true would make it the largest demonstration in the history of the Special Administrative Region. The reason for the demonstration was the … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Remembering June Fourth

As people in Australia and around the world remember the events of June Fourth 1989, I think back to my own experience. The story is worth repeating and perhaps can give some guidance to all who are presently trying to … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Civilisations should not clash

The United States relationship with China has been defined by a State Department senior official as a clash of civilisations. China’s response was given by President Xi Jinping in a speech that stressed the importance of respect for all cultures. … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Cyber-security need not tear countries apart

Telecommunications company Huawei legal action against the US Government’s ban on their involvement in 5G roll-out is a counter attack on claims that their involvement would impact national security.  Exaggerated fears about cyber threat are part of a US campaign … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. What to do about Human Rights in China

Human rights in China are under threat. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) government ignores international representations. Should Australia even attempt to intervene? What would we risk? The easy course would be to do the minimum and restrict our representations … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Xi Jinping V. Allah

Protests are growing around the world over the forced detention and “re-education” of the Muslim Uighurs in China’s far west Xinjiang Province. It is important to frame our response in terms of our commitment to the protection of civil and … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Chinese Australians Or Australian Chinese.

The Chinese Australian community has been hijacked in the current public debate about the extent of Chinese influence in Australia.  Far-right elements are fanning anti-Asian feelings and there is an upsurge in racism in major cities.  Government leaders now more … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Chung Kuo, Cina: Déjà Vu.

The ABC has been off-line in China since 22 August and press reports speculate that the Chinese ban is retaliation for Canberra’s decision on foreign investment in the telecommunication industry, which effectively bars China’s telecom giant Huawei from participating in … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Mad, bad and dangerous? Australia in Chinese eyes.

Once upon a time, Chinese people regarded Australia as a friendly, safe, stable country with a beautiful natural environment and reliable system of law and government.  No longer.  In 2018, Chinese parents prefer Britain or Canada when considering where to … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Caught in the middle: Chinese Australians feel unwanted

International disputes between contending powers frequently result in persecution of local ethnic minorities.  Look at how local German and Japanese communities were treated during the two World Wars, for instance, or how people of Middle Eastern background have been profiled … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. China Watchers Are Not China Stooges.

Australia needs informed and balanced study and reporting on China more than ever before. Informed opinion depends on the ability to see both sides of the picture and to avoid over-simplification. 

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