China Briefing 4/11: “The future role of Australia in its crucial relationship with China”

“The challenges that will most demand our attention and effort in the decades ahead are international, not domestic” – “The future will be a bilateral one – a more complex world requiring a much greater investment in diplomacy of every kind” states Dr. Michael Wesley in his book published this year, entitled: ’There goes the neighbourhood: Australia and the rise of Asia’. The book won the 2011 John Button Prize for Best Writing on Australian Public Policy.

The future of Australian diplomacy and foreign policy in relation to China and other important neighbours in the Asia Pacific region will be the topic of the fourth China Briefing of this year.

Some of the issues which will be raised and discussed are:

  • What are the strategic, economic and cultural consequences for Australia of the fundamental changes taking place in the neighbouring countries, including China?
  • Is Australia well prepared for this changing, more complex environment?
  • Why are Chinese activities in PNG relevant to Australia?
  • How does the astounding economic development in India and China change the global security equations?


Dr. Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney

Dr. You Ji, Associate Professor for Political Science, School of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of New South Wales

Dr. Graeme Smith, Postdoctoral research fellow at the China Research Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney and Visiting Fellow, State Society & Governance in Melanesia Program, ANU.

Chair: Professor Greg McCarthy, Head of School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide


Date/time: Thursday, 29 September, 2011.  5.00 pm registration for a 5.30 pm start; end: 7.00 pm

Venue: Theatrette, 55 Currie Street (Ground floor), Adelaide SA 5000

RSVP: Thursday, 22.09.2011 (Limited seating, so please register as soon as possible).


Contact: or 8303 4798

Admission free, but registration essential:

Drinks and finger food will be served after the presentation.


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