The latest data shows annual Australian goods exports to China hitting $112 billion, up 10.3 per cent on a year earlier. China now injects 2.3 times the purchasing power of Japan.
A decade ago the two were tied. So if and when Chinese economic growth slows, what will the potential impact be on our nearest neighbour? What can New Zealand learn from Australia's experiences, what could changes to China's leadership mean for the future of our relationship with China? And has China been unduly interfering in Australian political affairs?
Professor James Laurenceson is the Acting Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute and an expert on trade relations between the two.