Kangaroo Balancing

Illustration: Liu Rui/Global Times

The 21st century has been dubbed the Asian century, as the growth of China’s economic and political influence puts increased pressure on the existing world order. For Australia, an ally of the United States situated in the Indo-Pacific region, these changes could not be more significant.

In recent years China’s rise has sparked debate about how Australia should manage the relationship with its largest trading partner. Tensions between Australia and China have noticeably increased in the first few months of 2018. As Trump and Xi go head to head on the world stage, what will be the effect on Australia China relations, and what role can Australia play in these turbulent times?

Join in the conversation with our experts for what is likely one of the defining issues of our time.

Friday 15 June 2018
6pm with refreshments served from 7.30pm
The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium,
UWA, Entrance #1, Hackett Drive, Crawley
Register here:
China in Conversation: The World Order in Transition - China, the US and Australia
Entry is free, but registering is essential for catering purposes.

This event is proudly presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA in partnership with Perth USAsia Centre and Australia China Business Council WA.


Professor Gordon Flake

Professor Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, and has previously held executive positions with several high profile Asian relations organisations. He has authored numerous book chapters on policy issues in Asia and is a regular contributor to the press on Asia issues, editing publications on security in Northeast Asia, US Korea relations and NGOs in Korea.

He has served on the Board of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP), as co-Vice Chair of the Board of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, on the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America, and on the International Advisory Board of the David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young University. He speaks both fluent Korean and Laotian.

Professor Jia Qingguo

Professor Jia is Dean of the School of International Studies of Peking University. He serves on the editorial boards of more than a dozen established academic journals and has taught at prestigious universities across China, America and Australia. After receiving his PhD from Cornell University in 1988 he published extensively on US-China relations, Chinese mainland-Taiwan relations, Chinese foreign policy and Chinese politics.

Professor Jia is a member of the Standing Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He is also Director of the Institute for China-US People-to-People Exchange of the Ministry of Education, Vice President of the Chinese American Studies Association, Vice President of China International Relations Studies Association, and Vice President of Chinese Japanese Studies Association.