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Diplomatic relations between Australia and China have now entered the fifth decade. Buoyed by close economic links, this crucial relationship appears to be healthy and growing. But is there room to further strengthen and develop this relationship? How could Australia and China better engage with each other in political, strategic, cultural, educational as well as economic realms? What are the opportunities and challenges that face this relationship in the new century?
Debating and understanding such issues and questions is vital to Australia's place in the 'Asian Century'. Specifically, it is central to the development and implementation of a balanced, nuanced and responsive country strategy on China, as Australia prepares itself for the rise of a dynamic and complex Asia. In this context, it is important that from the outset Australia should engage in close and regular dialogue with China on both how to understand these common challenges and how its China strategy might take shape.
This conference aims to facilitate such dialogue between Australian and Chinese scholars to address some of the broader questions noted above. Through discussion and dialogue, the conference will strengthen ongoing collaboration and linkage between Australian and Chinese scholars, students, writers and journalists, and contribute to the broader debate on Australia-China relations.
Pictured (left to right):
Professor Zhang Yongxian- Renmin University of China
Professor Matthew Clarke- Head of School, Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University
Professor Jane den Hollander- Vice Chancellor, Deakin University