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Rowan Callick

Rowan Callick

Industry Fellow, Griffith University
Rowan Callick is an Industry Fellow at Griffith University’s Asia Institute, and a columnist for The Australian. He grew up in England, graduating with a BA Honours from Exeter University, and worked for a daily newspaper before moving to Papua New Guinea, becoming general manager of a locally owned publishing, printing and retail group.

In 1987 he moved to Australia, working for almost 20 years for The Australian Financial Review including as Hong Kong based China Correspondent and as Asia Pacific Editor. He worked for The Australian from 2006 to 2018, including two postings to Beijing as China Correspondent, and as Asia Pacific Editor.

He is a governor of the Foundation for Development Cooperation and a member of the advisory boards of La Trobe Asia and of the China Studies Department also at La Trobe University. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, and has won two Walkley Awards and the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year.

He was awarded the OBE at the nomination the government of PNG for services to journalism and to the training of PNG journalists. He has written three books, each published in English and Chinese, the most recent being “Party Time: Who Runs China And How” (Black Inc in Australia, and internationally by Palgrave Macmillan as “The Party Forever: Inside China’s Modern Communist Elite,” by Palgrave Macmillan).

Global Geopolitics Series

Journalists have become diplomatic pawns in China's relations with the West, setting a worrying precedent

Sep 09, 2020 07:13 am UTC| Insights & Views

The forced departure from China of leading Australian journalists Bill Birtles of the ABC and Mike Smith of The Australian Financial Review robs Australia of direct coverage of events in the vast nation for the first time...

How vulnerable is Xi Jinping over coronavirus? In today's China, there are few to hold him to account

Feb 25, 2020 13:24 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Brand Peoples Republic of China is wobbling, as if the massive picture of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square was swaying with an earthquake tremor. But it can only actually fall if pushed from inside. The handling of the...

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Economy

S. Korea to invest 10 trillion won into smart city project, create 150,000 jobs by 2025

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China’s super-rich got $1.5 trillion richer during pandemic

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Japan, China may restart mutual business travel in Oct.

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Australian weekly consumer sentiment rises for seventh consecutive week

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New Chinese law restricts sensitive exports, prescribes retaliation against threats

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Politics

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Melania Trump revelation: 2018 recording reveals FLOTUS' reaction to Vogue choosing Beyonce for cover

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Donald Trump blasted: Over 700 Economists warn against POTUS' reelection

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Science

NASA to announce Moon-related discovery next week

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NASA revelation: Declassified report revealed strange incident during Apollo 10 mission

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Asteroid news: NASA runs yearly drills for planetary defense in case of possible space rock collisions

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Asteroid warning: Neil Degrasse Tyson says a 'refrigerator-sized' asteroid will pass by Earth on November 2

Some asteroids have approached Earth at very close distances, some even getting past the Moon. Renowned scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson has warned one particular asteroid that will be approaching Earth at an incredibly close...

Technology

PlayStation 5: Sony may delay the launch in Southeast Asia; Here are the countries that offer the cheapest PS5 price

PlayStation 5 is arriving next month but gamers or people in Southeast Asia who are looking forward to the launch date may be disappointed to know that they may not be included in this schedule. This is because it was...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch debut gains 426,000 peak viewership

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Phil Spencer: No ‘The Elder Scrolls 6’ launch on PlayStation won't prevent 'recoup' of $7.5 billion ZeniMax acquisition

The year 2020 has been full of surprises, and that rings true for the video game industry as well. Microsoft broke the internet after announcing its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries, including...

Netflix free ‘StreamFest’ weekend kicks off in India on Dec. 4

Netflix is trying new ways to attract new monthly subscribers to its online media streaming platform, and one promo that has been confirmed is called StreamFest. It appears to let non-subscribers to enjoy Netflixs full...
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