The Rise of China

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Former Australian Prime Minister Mr John Howard will be the keynote speaker at a symposium in August that looks at Australia's relationship with the United States in the context of the "Rise of China".

Mr Howard heads up a glittering array of speakers at the symposium which is sponsored by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and organised by Deakin University.

Other speakers at the symposium formally titled  "Australia-US Relations and the Rise of China: From Bilateralism to Trilateralism?" include -

  • Professor Baogang He (Deakin University)
  • Professor Suisheng Zhao (University of Denver USA)
  • Professor Colin Mackerras (Griffith University)
  • Professor Xia Liping (Tongji University Shanghai)
  • Professor Yufan Hao (University of Macau)
  • Professor Geoffrey Garrett (University of Sydney)
  • Dr. Chad J. R. Ohlandt (Aerospace Engineer at RAND)
  • Professor Lowell Dittmer (University of California Berkeley)
  • Professor Gilbert F. Rozman (Princeton University USA)

China's rising power has complicated the strategic relationship between Australia and the US and has prompted difficult questions about the future of the alliance.

It is in the interests of both Australia and the US to have a clear and open dialogue on this critical challenge so that each can understand the other's motivations and reasoning.

At the same time, it is also necessary to understand Chinese views in order to accurately assess the implications of China's rise for the Australia-US relationship.

The symposium will be the first time that leading scholars and policymakers from Australia, the United States, and China have come together to discuss their views of the Australia-US alliance in the context of China's rise.

 Another former Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd, in speech to the Brookings Institution in 2007 highlighted the importance of the rise of China as a strategic challenge to both Australia and the United States. This is an issue that is still highly relevant to Australia and USA, and the symposium will be a vital contribution to the continuation of this important discussion.

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission's mission is "promoting mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Australia through educational and cultural exchange".

It is hoped that the symposium will improve the knowledge of policymakers, scholars, and the public about key issues for Australia-US relations in the context of China's rise.

By bringing together scholars and policymakers from the three countries the Symposium aims to provoke an open and vigorous debate and focus attention on these issues.

At the same time, the discussion will enable scholars to develop a more sophisticated understanding of power transition theories and their implications for the future of the region.

Improving the knowledge of policymakers, scholars, and the public about how their country's alliance partner is likely to respond to changing circumstances and the reasons behind those responses will deepen mutual understanding between Australia and the US, facilitate better management of the bilateral relationship, and help to avoid potentially dangerous misunderstandings in the future.

Conference details:

Day 1 (8.30 am - 6 pm)
Thursday 11 August - Fulbright Symposium 
8.30 Registrations Open
9.00 Opening Address
Panel One: The Introduction to Trilateralism: 10.20 am - 12.30 pm
12.30 Lunch
Panel Two: Australian Perspectives: 1.30 pm -3.30 pm (Chaired by Professor Jia Qinguo, Vice Dean of International Faculty, Beijing University)
Panel Three: Chinese Perspectives: 3.50 pm -5.50 pm (Chair by Linda Jakobson, Program Director, East Asia, Lowy Institute for International Policy)

Day 2 (9 am - 5 pm)
Friday 12 August - Fulbright Symposium 
Panel Four: American Perspectives: 9.00 am -11.00 pm
10.40 Morning Tea
Panel Five: Military, Security and Space: 11.00 am -12.40 pm
Panel Six: Comparative Perspectives: 1.40 pm -2.30 pm
2.30 Keynote Spearker: The Hon. John Howard AC (Former Prime Minister of Australia)
Panel Seven: Comparative Perspectives continued:3.30 pm -5.00 pm

Enquiries

Professor Baogang He
Chair in International Studies
School of International and Political Studies,
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway,
Burwood, Victoria 3125, Australia
Ph: 61-3 92443900
Fax: 61-3 92443899
Email: baogang.he@deakin.edu.au

Terri-ann Varga
Conference and Seminars Officer (Research)
Faculty of Arts and Education
Deakin University 
Geelong VIC 3217
Ph +61 3 924 46824
Email: t.varga@deakin.edu.au


Former US President George W Bush and Former Australian Prime Minister, Mr John Howard
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  • China's rising power has complicated the strategic relationship between Australia and the US and has prompted difficult questions about the future of the alliance.
  • The symposium will be the first time that leading scholars and policymakers from Australia, the United States, and China have come together to discuss their views of the Australia-US alliance in the context of China's rise.
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21st February 2011