The New Emperors – by Professor Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown - the new emperorsIn “The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China,” author Kerry Brown, noted China expert, journeys deep into the heart of the secretive Communist Party.

China has become the powerhouse of the world economy and home to 1 in 5 of the world’s population, yet we know almost nothing of the people who lead it. How does one become the leader of the world’s newest superpower? And who holds the real power in the Chinese system?

China’s system might have its roots in peasant rebellion but it is now firmly under the control of a power-conscious Beijing elite, almost half of whose members are related directly to former senior Party leaders.

Brown reveals the intrigue and scandal surrounding the internal battle raging between two China’s: one founded by Mao on Communist principles, and a modern China in which ‘to get rich is glorious’.

At the centre of it all sits the latest Party Secretary, Xi Jinping – the son of a revolutionary, with links both to big business and to the People’s Liberation Army. His rise to power is symbolic of the new emperors leading the world’s next superpower.

Kerry Brown is Professor Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney.

Team Leader of the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) funded by the European Union, he is also an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, London. A member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1998 to 2005, he served as First Secretary, British Embassy Beijing 2000-2003 and was Head of the Indonesia and East Timor Section 2003-2005.

Educated at the universities of Cambridge (MA) and Leeds (PhD), Kerry Brown is a prolific author and sought after international commentator on the Chinese political economy, society and post-1949 history. 

Leading in the Asian Century: A National Scorecard of Australia’s Workforce Asia Capability


For Australian businesses, one of the biggest impediments to realising business and investment opportunities in the Asian region is a lack of understanding about Asia capabilities – in particular which capabilities are critical to business success and how prevalent they are in the workforce. In ground breaking research, DCA has generated the first ever National Scorecard of Australia’s Workforce Asia Capability.

‘Asia capability’ (AQ) is defined as individuals’ ability to interact effectively in Asian countries and cultures, and with people from Asian cultural backgrounds, to achieve work goals. Australian organisations can improve their Asia capability in the short term by focusing on existing Asian-identifying talent, as well as better recognising and rewarding workers who have lived and worked in Asia, and those who have Asian language proficiency.

Managing director of Beasley Intercultural, Tamerlaine Beasley, and CEO of the Diversity Council of Australia, Lisa Annese talk to Peter Switzer in this 10 minute video about the report and diversity in the workplace here.

The Synopsis Report can be downloaded here and take the test to find out your Asia Capability at

Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires by Cynthia Dearin

I had the pleasure of meeting Cynthia Dearin of Dearin Associates recently given our mutual interest in culture. The former Australian  diplomat shares in “Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires” her experiences living and working in the Middle East and North Africa.

Camels-Sheikhs-Billionaires-v2-300x300Whist there are some similarities in terms of cultural differences as there are between the West and East, like then nuances between the provinces in China, there are many differences across each country in the MENA region.

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China Market Entry Handbook

China market entrySovereign China publishes annually a Market Entry Handbook to provide clients with a basic understanding of the China entry process.

The handbook is a valuable resource and includes:

  • High level market trends
  • Establishing a legal entity
  • Taxation of foreign-invested enterprises
  • Employing personnel
  • Protecting intellectual property

Download China-Market-Entry-Handbook-2015 or check out the website for other valuable resources.

Trading Places – Tim Harcourt

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In Trading Places, Tim Harcourt—also known as the Airport Economist—takes you around the globe, talking to businesses, governments, union officials, NGOs, and others in the community to understand what makes each economy tick.

He provides key facts on each country from the capital city, to population size, GDP and exports. Relevant contacts listed include Austrade, the Australian High commission and local networks such as Austcham.

Sharing tips and interesting stories drawing on his experiences, an example includes Singapore where there were many students at his hometown Adelaide University. Today many of those are in positions of influence back in Singapore including cabinet misters and senior financiers showing the long term benefits of building relationships across jurisdictions.

Trading Places reveals where the opportunities are, identifies the risks, and provides insider tips on doing business in each destination.