– Analysis & opinion

Will the real China please stand up

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. September, 2010 On September 23, 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao addressed the United Nations General Assembly. Premier Wen said that China was a peace-loving nation and a responsible member of the international community. He pledged that China would firmly take the road of peaceful development. He also advised the international […]

Watching China

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. August, 2010   Recently, a two-star Chinese General, Liu Yazhou, warned the Communist Party and his People’s Liberation Army colleagues that, “China must either embrace US-style democracy or accept Soviet-style collapse.” He continued: ''If a system fails to let its citizens breathe freely and release their creativity to the maximum extent, and fails […]

DPRK: mixing sport and politics

Brian Hennessy, China Australia Consult. June, 2010 Despite their government's public expressions of fraternity towards the dangerously troublesome Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), these days Chinese people are more switched-on to the reality of life in the Hermit Kingdom. It is perhaps an uncomfortable reminder of what life used to be like in their […]

China: on mercantilism.

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. February 5, 2010  On an accusation of mercantilism Mercantilism and China? I have to say that the term, now used to describe China’s commerce with other countries, is pejorative. England and Holland were mercantile trading nations during the industrial revolution and their time as exploiting colonial powers. Japan and Korea […]

The law: soldiering on in China.

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. January, 2010 I am an Australian Vietnam veteran. I have a friend here in China who is also a Vietnam veteran. Whereas I fought local Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army regulars in South Vietnam 1966-67, he fought North Vietnamese troops along the China-Vietnam border in 1979.   The law: […]

China and greatness

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. October, 2009 China is carrying a lot of excess baggage on its journey to greatness. This nation's nagging fear however, is that although it may be big, it suspects that it may never be great. Powerful? Yes. Great? I'm not so sure – let's wait and see.   China and […]

Culture, Philosophy, and Government.

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. October, 2009 No matter how much Westerners may dislike the Communist Party and its tentacles which infiltrate almost every aspect of daily life in the Middle Kingdom, China's rise confronts us with an inconvenient truth: maybe this is the best system for governing China at this stage in her development. […]

Chinese Peoples Political Consult Conf.

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. October, 2009. The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) was formed on the 21st September 1949, and was meant to be composed of people who represented the various sectors of Chinese society. The original aim was for it to be an instrument cooperation and political consultation led by the Communist […]

Chongqing: the big cleanup.

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. September, 2009 Chongqing has the potential to become a hub for tourism in the greater southwest region of China. However, this potential is not being realised. Tourists don’t stay in Chongqing for long. They just regard Chongqing as a place to board a vessel for their trip down through the […]

We live in interesting times.

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. January 1, 2009 How will the economic crisis affect China and her relations with the rest of the world? Although I don't pretend to have all the answers, as an expatriate who has lived and worked in China for five years now, I figure that I am just as qualified […]


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