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From Gough Whitlam to Tony Abbott, Australia has pursued a pragmatic, national interest-based China policy that, in John Howard’s words, set differences to one side and worked on the things we could agree on. Under Howard and earlier Labor Prime Ministers Australia told China that nothing in our alliance obligations would drive us into conflict with China.
Australian has never encountered an Asian country as powerful as China is today, and we have no idea how to deal with it. We still assume that America will be there to manage China’s rise and save us from choices we’d prefer not to face. But that assumption is no longer credible, so Australia must prepare to deal with a powerful China without US support.
When Xi Jinping became General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in November 2012, he declared that the Party was travelling along a 'Chinese path' 中国道路 into the future; it would not follow the 'old path' 老路 of Maoism or pursue the 'arrant paths' 邪路 of Western-style market democracy, rather it was forging a course unique unto itself.
Designing major buildings in an environment of profound institutional change offers challenges to any architect with an interest in the making of practical, but also aesthetically significant (and therefore personally conducive) spaces for research, teaching, online work and public as well as policy engagement in a university.
Complementary research priorities and shared challenges means Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an important part of Australia and China’s bilateral relationship.