Dear Asia Society Australia Members, Supporters and Friends,
In 2019, the Disruptive Asia series focuses on the People’s Republic of China. We examine the boundaries and parameters of our engagement with China under President Xi Jinping. A China that is a rising global power, more active and assertive in its foreign policy, economic diplomacy and the projection of its power abroad. A China faced with a slowing and changing economy and strategic and economic pressure from the United States and its allies. A China that is more authoritarian and less tolerant of dissent and critical questioning at home and abroad.
Our series explores how Australia can engage with China, focussing on the critical areas of the bilateral relationship – trade and investment, education, law enforcement, technology, philanthropy, developmental assistance, human rights, social cohesion, and the protection and empowerment of our Australian-Chinese community. The series provides a contextual brief and practical, implementable ideas to Australian government, business, education and political leaders, and our community at large.
This year we were pleased to engage Dr Bates Gill, Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies at Macquarie University as a co-convenor and advisor of the China Special Edition, with Greg Earl continuing as Editor in Chief.
Philipp lvanov Chief Executive Officer
Asia Society Australia