China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been described as a Marshall Plan for the 21st Century, and the biggest infrastructure investment program in history. Many claim it will change the world as we know it, yet it remains controversial. New Zealand is on board having signed a MOU with China in 2017, but Australia has remained cautious, and the US even more so.
What exactly is the BRI and what does it hope to achieve? Where do Australia and our Pacific neighbours fit into this grand plan?
Answer these questions and more with two fantastic experts at our second China Briefing of the year.
Date: 22nd August 2018
Time: 5.45 PM – 7.30 PM
Venue: Napier G04, University of Adelaide
Professor Yiwei Wang is Jean Monnet Professor, Director of Institute of International Affairs, and Director of Center for European Studies at Renmin University of China. He was formerly diplomat at the Chinese Mission to the European Union (2008-2011) and professor of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University (2001-2008). His main research interests include Belt & Road Studies, European Integration, Public Diplomacy, Chinese foreign policy and EU-China relations. His recent books include China Connects the World: What Behind The Belt & Road Initiative, New World Press, April. 2017; The Belt & Road Initiative: What China Will Offer the World in Its Rise (both in Chinese and English, both book of year 2015, 2016), Haishang: Revelations of European Civilization (both in Chinese and English) and China NATO Studies Series.
Professor Richard Pomfret has been Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide since 1992. Before coming to Adelaide, he was Professor of Economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC, Bologna (Italy) and Nanjing (China). He has acted as adviser to the Australian government and to international organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and United Nations Development Programme. In 1993 he was seconded to the United Nations for a year, acting as adviser on macroeconomic policy to the Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. His research interests centre on economic development and international economics, and he has published over a hundred papers in these fields. He has written seventeen books, including Investing in China 1979-1989; Ten Years of the Open Door Policy (1991), The Economics of Regional Trading Arrangements (1997; paperback edition 2001), Constructing a Market Economy: Diverse Paths from Central Planning in Asia and Europe (2002), The Central Asian Economies since Independence (2006) and Regionalism in East Asia (2011).
Professor Mobo Gao is the founding director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide, and he is the author of books including Constructing China: Clashing Views of the People’s Republic, London: Pluto 2018, Gao Village Revisited: Life of Rural People in Contemporary China, Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2018, Remembering Socialist China,1949-1976 (2015, co-author), The Battle for China’s Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution (2008), Gao Village: Rural Life in Modern China (1999).
This Briefing is free and everybody is welcome.
Due to limited space, please register your attendance via Eventbrite.
Following the briefing free canapes and wine courtesy of Tomich Wines will be served.