The University of Adelaide opened the Australia-China Transcultural Studies Centre (ACTS) Symposium on November 9 2014. ACTS is part of a joint initiative between the University of Adelaide and Beijing Foreign Studies University in answer to calls for deeper transcultural understanding between China and Australia. ACTS and its reciprocal centre in Beijing, The China-Australia Centre for Transcultural Studies (CATS), is a platform of transcultural dialogue between Australia and China to explore transcultural theoretical frameworks with the objective of opening up the debate and providing the foundation for research and publications.
Professor the Hon Bob Carr will opened symposium with a keynote lecture on Australia-China Relations: Diary Reflections of a Foreign Minister. During the lecture, Former Foreign Minister Bob Carr described the period of tension he inherited in Australia-China relations produced by a decision on Huawei and on marine deployment, and the subsequent revival of relations when the two countries moved positively to a “strategic partnership” in April 2013. He discussed the three recognisable phases Australian policy to China has gone through since the change of government in September 2013 and explored whether Australia is going to be “the most desired girl on the block”, in the words of one US diplomat, being courted by the US and China; or whether it is moving towards a quasi-alliance with Japan or a trilateral understanding with Japan and the US.
The keynote lecture was followed by discussions, led by Australian and Chinese academics, on Australia China Relations and Feminism in China.
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This event is supported by the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide.