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About the event:

How should Australia effectively chart its path with regard to the Australia-China relationship? This has been a central question to Australian policy makers and decision makers alike over recent years. With the resource boom coming off an all time high, an historical distrust of large scale Chinese investment, and a free trade deal on the horizon, how can Australian find an appropriate ‘Australia-China narrative’ as it seeks to build mutual trust and stronger relations?

Hosted in conjunction with the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) as part of their ‘Beijing Forecast Speaker Series’, we’d like to invite you to what will no doubt be an incredibly interesting and thought provoking evening with one of Australia’s leading thinkers and writers on China.

The Speaker:

Kerry Brown is Executive Director of the China Studies Centre, and Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Sydney. He leads the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN), funded by the European Commission, and is an Associate Fellow on the Asia Programme at Chatham House. Prior to this he was Head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House. Educated at Cambridge, London and Leeds Universities, he worked in Japan, and the Inner Mongolian region of China, before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. He worked in the China Section and then served as First Secretary, Beijing, from 2000 to 2003, and Head of the Indonesia East Timor Section at the FCO from 2003 to 2005.

He is the author of ten books on China, the latest of which, `The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China’ (I B Tauris, London and New York 2014) was called by the Financial Times `a great introduction’ and by Jim O’Neill, former Chairman of Goldman Sachs as `a must read.’