- Dr Pradeep Taneja lectures in Chinese politics, political economy and international relations at the University of Melbourne, where he is also an Associate of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and a Fellow of the Australia India Institute. Born and raised in India, he has been in Australia since 1985. He was a graduate student at Peking University in the 1980s and has worked in various parts of China for a number of years. His current research interests focus on the rise of China as a regional and global power, Sino-Indian and Sino-Australian relations and the international political implications of China’s energy security policy. He is also working on a project examining the relationship between China’s business elite and the Communist Party of China. Pradeep earned his PhD in Chinese political economy at Griffith University, Brisbane. His books and monographs include China Since 1978 (with Colin Mackerras and Graham Young); Hong Kong and Australia: towards 1997 and beyond; and The European Union and China: Interests and Dilemmas (edited with Georg Wiessala and John Wilson). He has also contributed to the Dictionary of Chinese Politics and the Encyclopedia of Modern China. He is regularly interviewed by Australian and foreign media.