Relations with China & the US
As China-US competition intensifies, we surveyed Chinese-Australians about their outlook in relation to Australia’s relationship with each of the major powers.
Most Chinese-Australians continue to see China as more of an economic partner to Australia, in contrast to the broader Australian population that see China as more of a security threat.
QUESTION In your own view, is China more of an economic partner to Australia or more of a security threat to Australia?
The majority of Chinese-Australians see Australia's alliance with the United States as important for Australia’s security, but place less importance on it than the broader Australian population.
QUESTION Thinking now about the United States. How important is Australia’s alliance relationship with the United States for Australia’s security?
Chinese-Australians are far less likely to see China as a military threat when compared to the broader population.
QUESTION How likely do you think it is that China will become a military threat to Australia in the next 20 years?
Around seven in ten Chinese-Australians believe Australia should remain neutral in the event of a military conflict between China and the United States, a view shared by five in ten of the Australian population as a whole.
QUESTION In the event of a military conflict between China and the United States, please say which one of the following statements comes closest to your own personal view.