Reflections on Xi Jinping in Canberra

On Monday 17 November, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping addressed both Houses of the Australian Parliament and, with his wife Peng Liyuan, was fêted at a State Dinner. On that same day, Australia and China signed a free trade agreement that had been the subject of nearly ten years of negotiation. Later that evening, Geremie R Barmé, Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World in Canberra, offered the following commentary on the gala occassion:

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