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Books of the Month!

Silent Invasion

Thoroughly researched and powerfully argued, Silent Invasion is a sobering examination of the mounting threats to democratic freedoms Australians have for too long taken for granted. Yes, China is important to our economic prosperity; but, Hamilton asks, how much is our sovereignty as a nation worth? 'Anyone keen to understand how China draws other countries into its sphere of influence should start with Silent Invasion. This is an important book for the future of Australia. But tug on the threads of China's influence networks in Australia and its global network of influence operations starts to unravel.' -Professor John Fitzgerald, author of Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia

China's Global Engagement

In this volume, China specialists from around the world explore key issues raised by a changing China's interaction with a changing world. They chronicle China's emergence as a more capable actor whose engagement is reshaping international affairs in many dimensions. These include: global currency and trading systems; patterns of cooperation and competition in technological innovation; economic and political trends in the developing world; the American-led security order in the Asia-Pacific region; the practice of international military and humanitarian intervention; the use of naval power; the role of international law in persistent territorial and maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas;

Geographical Indications at the Crossroads of Trade, Development, and Culture

Historically, few topics have proven to be so controversial in international intellectual property as the protection of geographical indications (GIs). The adoption of TRIPS in 1994 did not resolve disagreements, and countries worldwide continue to quarrel today as to the nature, the scope, and the enforcement of GI protection nationally and internationally. Thus far, however, there is little literature addressing GI protection from the point of view of the Asia-Pacific region, even though countries in this region have actively discussed the topic and in several instances have promoted GIs as a mechanism to foster local development and safeguard local culture. This book, edited by renowned intellectual property scholars, fills the void in the current literature and offers a variety of contributions focusing on the framework and effects of GI protection in the Asia-Pacific region. The book is available as Open Access.

The People's Money

In The People's Money, Paola Subacchi introduces readers to China's monetary system, mapping its evolution over the past century and, particularly, its transformation since Deng Xiaoping took power in 1978. Subacchi revisits the policies that fostered the country's economic rise while at the same time purposefully creating a currency of little use beyond China's borders. She shows the key to understanding China's economic predicament lies in past and future strategies for the renminbi. The financial turbulence following the global crisis of 2008, coupled with China's ambitions as a global creditor and chief economic power, has forced the nation to reckon with the limited international circulation of the renminbi. Increasing the currency's reach will play a major role in securing China's future.

Library Happenings

Bloomberg Presentation/Training: Metals Market Analysis

Metals Market Specialist Todd Sibilla will provide a combination presentation and demo to show how you can leverage the Bloomberg Terminal to analyze the Global Metals Markets. Our speaker will help you to:

  • Track the impact of U.S. Section 232 tariffs and sanctions
  • Explore news, analysis, regional pricing, inventories and suppliers of identified critical metals such as steel and aluminum
  • Identify strategic vulnerabilities to the supply chain
  • Track and quantify relationship exposure of key players and their suppliers/clients
  • Forecast growth via New Energy Finance research as well as new data sets and contributors
Date:
Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
Time:
9:30am - 10:30am

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