#083: How the rise of China affects Australia - Adam Ni

By Jordan Michaelides
September 11, 2018

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Adam Ni ( @adam_ni ) is a researcher of geopolitics focusing on China. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, and Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University. His main areas of interest include China’s international relations, strategy and security issues. Adam has extensive experience working on China-related issues, including in academia, government and the private sector. He is a frequent commentator on geopolitical and China-related issues for Australian and international media.

The rise of China has come to the fore in many Australian minds, and a hot topic with recent developments in the South China Sea. Adam appeared on our screens in an interview for 60 Minutes discussing the recent play by China to create a naval base in Vanuatu.

Adam holds a fascinating background and curious insight into one of the most important topics for the future of Australia, our place in Asia. This episode covered a decent amount, including:

  • What he does, and where the focus on China developed

  • Geopolitics in general

  • Australian geopolitics, our relations with US & China

  • The South China Sea and Vanuatu

  • Military and future foreign policy

  • China‚Äôs Geopolitics, influence on Australia and strategy

  • Hong Kong under Chinese rule

Enjoy the episode!


01:25 - Introduction

04:48 - Cutting his hair, scant digital footprint

07:27 - Earliest memory, lessons learnt from parents

09:38 - What he does, focus on China

12:29 - How travelling changed his life

15:39 - Geopolitics in China

19:24 - What geopolitics is

23:42 - Australian geopolitics and reputation

32:11 - Australia’s relations with US and China

34:57 - The South China Sea, China’s dominance

39:59 - Appropriate consequences, China camps

44:30 - Australian military and future foreign policy

50:34 - The rise of China

54:59 - China’s geopolitical strategy, Communist party

59:35 - Hong Kong under Chinese rule

01:02:30 - How China could influence Australia

01:10:27 - Morning & evening rituals

01:13:06 - A book he recommends

01:15:20 - His most insightful travel experience