New staff publications

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies is pleased to provide information on the most recent publications of our staff; Director, Professor Christine Wong, Research Fellows, Dr Sarah Rogers and Dr Zoe Wang, Senior Lecturer Sow Keat Tok

Dr Zoe Wang spoke to SBS Radio Chinese about Chinese leader Li Keqian's visit to Australia and the free trade agreement between China and Australia (ChAFTA). In her interview, Zoe talked about the Australia’s position on free trade agreement and the potential impacts on agricultural market after China opening door for Australian chilled beef. You can listen to the interview at the SBS Radio Chinese webpage

Dr Sarah Rogers recently published an analysis in the online journal of the China Policy Institute; Adapting to Climate change in rural China in which she  discusses the environmental challenges faced by Chinese farmers and the adaptation strategies that are being used to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Professor Christine Wong has contributed to a number of recent publications, including a book chapter and articles in the OECD Journal on Budgeting and China Quarterly.

She contributed the chapter 'The financial crisis and the challenge of fiscal federalism in China: the 2008 stimulus and the limits of China's intergovernmental system' in the recently published book 'The Future of federalism; Intergovernmental Financial Relations in the Age of Austerity', edited by Richard Eccleston (University of Tasmania) and Richerd Krever (Monash University) and available from Edward Elgar Publishing.

The online book is available from Elgar Online.

Her article 'Budget Reform in China: Progress and Prospects in the Xi Jinping Era' was published in Volume 15/3 of the OECD Journal on Budgeting and we look forward to the forthcoming publication in China Quarterly of her co-authored article with Virginia Karplus, 'China's war on air pollution: Can exisitng governance structures support new ambitions.

China Centre Research Fellow, Dr Sarah Rogers, published an article in WIREs Climate Change, 'Adaptation science and policy in China's agricultural sector' (2016)

In recent years, China's central government has begun to articulate its adaptation policy and to identify measures to adapt   the nation's agriculture to changing precipitation patterns, higher temperatures, and extreme events. These developments are   occurring at a time when the agricultural sector is in flux: while the major grain crops—rice, wheat, and corn—are still central   to food security, many smallholder farmers have shifted away from land‐intensive production to growing higher‐value, labour‐intensive   horticultural products, such as fruit and vegetables. In addition, new forms of agriculture are emerging because of out‐migration   and land transfers. This review introduces the adaptation policy context for agricultural adaptation in China and reviews   existing research on impacts and adaptation. It then discusses how well existing research and policy actually reflect the   challenges of adapting China's farms to climate change. Four issues are discussed which together suggest that current science   and policy very poorly reflect challenges on the ground: the framing of agriculture as a relatively homogeneous sector; the   absence of any vulnerability assessments attuned to local contexts; a bias toward large‐scale engineering solutions; and insufficient   consideration of local government capacity.

Link to article at WIREs climate change in Wiley Online Library