COVID-19 cases in Australia on 23 March 2020 (lockdown day): 1709
Total cases in Australia as of 14 December 2020: 28,048
Cases in the United States on 23 March 2020: 35,206
Total cases in the United States as of 14 December 2020: 16,518,420
Number of entities on Australia’s foreign influence register: 153
Proportion of entities from China: 24 per cent
Proportion of entities from United States: 20 per cent
Number of former Australian public servants on the register: 19
Persons charged under Australia’s new foreign interference laws: 1
Australian exports to China (2018–19): A$153.2 billion
Value of exports currently subject to Chinese sanctions: A$19.4 billion
Proportion of Australians who viewed China positively in 2017: 68 per cent
Proportion who view China positively today: 15 per cent
Aid budget in 2010: A$3.8 billion
Aid budget in 2020: A$4 billion
Aid to the Pacific in 2010: A$1 billion
Aid to the Pacific in 2020: A$1.4 billion
Number of Australian diplomatic posts worldwide: 118
In the Indo-Pacific: 52
Number of Chinese diplomatic posts worldwide: 276
In the Indo-Pacific: 72
Vote for independence in New Caledonia referendum in 2018: 43 per cent
Vote for independence in 2020: 47 per cent
Date of next referendum: 2022
Median age in China in 2010: 35
Median age in China in 2020: 38.4
Median age in the United States in 2010: 37.2
Median age in the United States in 2020: 38.1
Median age in India in 2010: 25.1
Median age in India in 2020: 28.4
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All the best for 2021
This is our last AFA Weekly for the year. We’ll return on Wednesday, 3 February 2020, just in time to examine Joe Biden’s first days as US president.
Thank you for joining us each week. It has been a pleasure bringing you the latest developments and ideas from around Australia and the world, especially during a year that has been so challenging.
We began 2020 by examining Beijing’s worrying response to a new virus emerging from Wuhan. Last week, in our final regular column of the year, we were still exploring the consequences of the virus as we looked at Asia’s successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other issues that dominated 2020 included the US election, Hong Kong’s national security law, Canberra’s evolving ties with the Pacific and growing tensions in the Australia–China relationship.
I’m delighted that Greg Earl joined the AFA Weekly team this year. He has drawn on his experience and contacts across the Asia-Pacific region to provide crucial insights each week into how the world is changing, and how Australia should respond. He will continue to do so next year, as Australia faces new challenges and opportunities presented by the incoming Biden administration, the vaccination rollout, the Glasgow climate talks and the impasse with Beijing.
We look forward to keeping an eye on 2021. Please keep the feedback coming – if you enjoy AFA Weekly, please share it with others who might enjoy it too.
All the best for the festive season. Happy new year.
Jonathan Pearlman, Editor
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