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This is an in-person event only. Drinks reception at 5:30pm for 6pm start.
The Australian Centre on China in the World is delighted to announce this year's annual lecture: 'Watch Dog or Guard Dog? Australian media and the China Threat', delivered by Wanning Sun from the University of Technology Sydney.
Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) presents the 2020 CIW Annual Lecture (online)'Five Eyes, One Tongue and Hard of Hearing – Australia and Asia in China’s Century' by Professor Louise Edwards, UNSW.
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.