China’s rise has become a hot button issue in Australia over the last few years, with discourse on the ‘China opportunity’ being replaced by discussion of the ‘China threat’.

On 28 November 2018, a highly engaged audience filled the University Club at UWA to explore 'Changst' (China angst) - a term coined by academics Greg McCarthy and Xianlin Song in their 2018 paper on the issue.

Professors Tao Xie from Beijing Foreign Studies University, James Laurenceson from the University of Technology Sydney and Mark Beeson from UWA analysed evidence for the China threat narrative and critically examined recent events which have fuelled the national discussion.

The forum, which was presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA, also served as the keynote presentation for the Australia-China Transcultural Studies (ACTS) Symposium. Scholars from China and Australia gathered at UWA on 29 November to explore the bilateral relationship from a variety of academic perspectives.

Read more about the CIC speakers here.