Future leaders set stage for new China relationship

2009 Chinese Scholarship Winners

2009 Chinese Scholarship Winners

Image: (Scott Bulman pictured left)

La Trobe University Law student Scott Bulman is one of  two Victorians chosen from among Australia’s 15 ‘best and brightest’ young  leaders for the inaugural Australia-China Youth Dialogue which starts in  Beijing next Monday, October 4.

He and his Australian colleagues will meet with 15 of  their Chinese counterparts at a pivotal period in Australia’s economic,  political and strategic relationship with China.

‘As an Australian, I understand the importance of the  Sino-Australian relationship in terms of security and prosperity for both  nations, and for the greater Asian region,’ Mr Bulman says.

‘The meeting will help future leaders forge stronger ties  and promote deeper understanding and mutual respect essential for any  successful diplomatic relationship.’

An initiative of the Australia-China Youth Association,  the first two days will be held at Beijing’s Tsinghua University.  The event culminates on the third day in the  Australian Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.

Mr Bulman is currently studying Chinese and Law at Renmin  University, Beijing, on a two year Chinese government scholarship.  He also works as an intern on intellectual  property and entertainment law for a Beijing law firm as part of his La Trobe Law/Arts  degree.

He has studied Mandarin since 1999, visiting China as a  year 11 student in 2004 while at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.

Fascinated by Chinese language and China’s rich culture  and history, he has been back four times, under an Australia-China Council  Scholarship and various La Trobe overseas study and intern programs.

After completing his degree at La Trobe, Mr Bulman plans  to work as a diplomat or corporate lawyer in Asia.

Green energy focus

‘During the Dialogue I hope to stress the real possibility  of Australia and China emerging as world pioneers in the area of "green  energy",’ he says.

‘China's unprecedented economic growth and thirst for  energy, coupled with Australia's abundance of natural resources and R&D  capabilities puts both countries in an ideal position to make real progress in  this area of global importance.

‘Given my experience researching and working with China's  legal system, I also hope to raise some of the broader legal issues and  grievances that many foreigners have when dealing with Chinese Law and the  Chinese bureaucracy, such as transparency, equality and protectionism.’
  
  The forum will be addressed by senior diplomatic,  business and academic leaders, including Australia’s Ambassador to China, Dr  Geoff Raby, also a La Trobe graduate and Distinguished Alumni Award holder.

Other speakers are the Executive Director of the  Australia-China Business Council, Mr Laurie Pearcey;  Professor Yiping Huang from the China Center  for Economic Research at Peking University; BHP Billiton Senior Executive Mr  Jianzhong Lu; and China Correspondent for 'The Sydney Morning Herald' and 'The  Age', Mr John Garnaut.

• Mr Bulman can be reached direct on email: scottbulman@gmail.com or contact Ernest  Raetz, Media Office, on (03) 9479 2315 / 041 226 1919

• For more details on the inaugural  Australia-China Youth Dialogue, see www.acyd.org.au