Fear & greed: Australia-China relations

Australia has benefitted enormously from the economic transformation of China.  But that country's new found wealth is also destablising our region and has prompted growing military rivalry in East Asia.

How should Australia navigate its relationship with China, are we prompted by greed, fear or some other mix of forces?  

On September 21, La Trobe University will bring together four fascinating, high profile speakers in an Ideas and Society event – Fear and Greed: Australia-China Relations.  

Led by La Trobe Asia's Professor Nick Bisley, the panel will include the Honourable Bob Carr, Linda Jakobson from China Matters, Dr Geoff Raby and Dr John Lee from the Strategic Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.  

The panel will discuss Australia's relationship with China, including Australia's deep concerns about the broader consequences of China's return as a great power. The panel will also discuss the recent fall of the Chinese economy and its repercussions for Australia, and the implications of the highly controversial Free Trade Agreement.   

Professor Bisley encouraged anyone with an interest in the China-Australia connection – and how it will play out in future - to head along to the event. 

'China's economic revival is one of the biggest stories in human history. Never have so many people been moved out of poverty so quickly,' Professor Bisley said.

'Yet this growth is also fuelling the return of great power rivalry as the US and China square off for influence in our region. When one adds to this, controversy about Chinese investment in Australia and the Free Trade Agreement, the topics the panel will discuss will be as interesting as they are important to Australia's future.'

The panel is brought to you by the Ideas and Society is La Trobe's leading debate series, which bring together prominent speakers to discuss current issues, and La Trobe Asia, the University's strategic initiative to strengthen La Trobe's engagement within Asia and to shape public debate about Australia links to the region.  

Join this distinguished panel of experts on Monday 21 September at the National Gallery's Clemenger Theatre to dissect the dynamics and future of Sino-Australian relations.  

For more information or to book your place, visit the website

The speakers: 

Bob Carr: Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney, a think tank focused on Australia-China relations. 

Linda Jakobson: Founding director of not-for-profit, 'China Matters', which aims to stimulate a nuanced and informed public discourse about china's rise and its implications for Australia. 

John Lee: Adjunct Associate Professor at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, and a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. 

Geoff Raby: A graduate of La Trobe University, also Australia's Ambassador to China from 2007-2011. He is now director of his Beijing-based business advisory company – Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd.

Nick Bisley: Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Professor of International Relations at La Trobe. His research and teaching expertise is in the international relations of the Asia-Pacific, globalisation and the diplomacy of great powers. Nick is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, the country's oldest scholarly journal in the field of International Relations.  

Event Details

What: Ideas and Society – Fear and Greed                                                                                      

When: 6.00-7.30pm, Monday 21 September 2015                                                                   

Where: Clemenger Theatre, NGV 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne

Additional information: This is a free event but bookings are essential. Visit the website to register.

Media contact

Leah Humphrys

Media and Communications Officer

T    + 61 3 9479 5353

E    l.humphrys@latrobe.edu.au

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