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China Research Group

A leading network exploring business with – and in – China

Understanding emerging business and corporate relations between Australia and China in their global context.

About us

China is Australia's largest trading partner and an important global investor. As China's demand for energy, resources, food security, technology and markets grows, Australia has become a major supplier and investment destination. Australia-China financial and business integration is creating opportunities and challenges that we are exploring in detail. 

We are an academic network exploring the Australia-China economic cooperation from the perspectives of both Australia and China. We collaborate across the Business School, the University as a whole, and the China Studies Centre. We aim to:

  • deliver thought leadership for corporate and government partners
  • publicise business and policy analysis and commentary
  • create new knowledge by working with business, government and community organisations 
  • conduct executive training and postgraduate and undergraduate education
  • promote business-related alumni and community relations.

Our research themes

We are exploring three main themes.

China invests in a growing range of Australian industries. Since mid-2007, more than 100 deals have been completed across diverse industries. We are interested in the role of ownership, entry strategies and Australia’s competitive situation.

As Chinese enterprises invest abroad, understanding how these firms perceive and experience the Australian investment environment is a precondition for understanding their motivations, strengths and weaknesses in globalising. Survey and interview based research in Australia and China is needed to understand the potential for cooperation in areas such as enterprise finance, innovation, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

China's firms strategically acquire assets to make them more competitive at home and abroad – this drives them overseas in a quest to acquire advanced technologies, management expertise, greater market penetration, as well as stakes in highly profitable foreign businesses and globally recognised brands. Australian businesses offer financial integration, resources, energy and food security. We are interested in how Australian and Chinese partners can combine their advantages in resources, finance, technology and market access to open up new market opportunities.

Our people

Meet our academics and researchers.

  • Professor Hans Hendrischke, Group Leader, Professor of Chinese Business and Management
  • Adjunct Professor Doug Ferguson
  • Dr Wei Li, Lecturer
  • Katherine Whitworth, PhD candidate
  • Winston Mok, PhD candidate
  • Tamara Oyarce, PhD Candidate
  • Jane Du, MPhil candidate

Australia-China Women's Leadership Group

Australia is home to a new generation of Chinese women leaders with international professional backgrounds. We are setting up a women's leadership group to create opportunities to share experience across cultures, mentor the next generation of women leaders and network with leading women from Australia and China. We welcome new members and aim to organise events and regular activities. If you would like to join us, please email Dr Wei Li.

Our research reports

We are developing translational research that bridges the gap between corporate and academic knowledge of China and Australia-China business. Explore our publications.

Explore our fact-based, practical intelligence reports for doing business with Chinese investors. These reports are supported by the federal government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and in conjunction with KPMG.

View or download the Demystifying China series reports.

This series includes:

  • Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia (2018)
  • Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australian Healthcare: Capitalising on China's healthcare reform (2018)
  • Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia (2017)
  • Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia: The new normal: Health, happiness and lifestyle services (2016)
  • Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia: Featuring commercial real estate analysis by Knight Frank (2015)
  • Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia: Chinese Investors in Australia Survey (2014)
  • Demystifying SOE Investment in Australia: A report prepared for the Business Council of Australia (2014)
  • Demystifying Chinese investment in Australian agribusiness: Important choices to be made (2013)
  • Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia: Australia still a priority destination but the world is catching up (2013)

The link between Australia’s domestic services and the value they add to the nation's export story is an important indicator of national prosperity.

Research conducted by the University of Sydney and Westpac takes a deep dive into the relationship between Australia’s service sector and export trade with China.

Download the report (English) (pdf, 1.5MB)

Download the report (Mandarin) (pdf, 2.1MB)

Our events

Explore our upcoming and past events.

Watch this space for our latest events.

My friends are on WeChat and my boss as well: Social media and employee privacy in the Chinese workplace
  • Dr Mimi Zou, University of Oxford
  • 10 July 2018

Analysing a number of regulatory challenges arising from employers’ acquisition and use of social media in China.

Beware of Chinese bearing gifts: Why China's direct investment poses poltical challenges in Europe and the US
  • Sophie Meunier, Lecturer in Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, US
  • 7 August 2017

This talk considers why Chinese foreign direct investment triggers political unease as well as the domestic political context in which challenges surrounding it have emerged, including the euro crisis (Europe); and geopolitical competition and the rise of economic nationalism (US).

China Global Investment Tracker roundtable

Dr Derek Scissors is an expert on the Chinese and Indian economies, a specialist on Chinese investment abroad and on US economic relations with Asia. He is also chief economist of the China Beige Book.

Group Leader

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Professor Hans Hendrischke
Academic profile