Kevin Rudd on China's rise and a new world order

China’s emergence as a power of the first rank has changed the Asian region and the world. It has reordered established patterns of trade and investment, unsettled a long standing balance of power in Asia and brought old historical antagonisms to the surface.

As President Xi Jinping consolidates his power, China increasingly presents a confident and at times assertive face to the wider world. What does China want from its region? What is its vision for Asia and how much change would this represent? What options exist for Australia to influence how the People’s Republic comports itself on the wider global stage?


  • Kevin Rudd: Mr Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010- 2012).
  • Linda Jakobson, CEO and Founding Director of China Matters
  • Nick Bisley, Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Professor of International Relations

Recorded on 26 October 2017 at the Sofitel Grand Ballroom

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