On the 4th March Professor Greg McCarthy, along with the PKUASC team attended the launch of the Blue Book of Australia: the Annual Report on the Development of Australia from 2015 to 2016, as well as the launch of Li Jianjun’s Chinese-language translation of Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century, edited by David Walker and Agnieszka Sobocinska.
The Blue Book contained sections on Australia’s politics, economy, foreign relations, society and culture, as well as a Keynote Report on the Turnbull Government and the 2016 Federal Election. The launch was chaired by Professor Sun Youzhong, Vice President of BFSU and President of National Australian Students Association in China and
Ms Vickers, Minister Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in China emphasised Australia and China’s ‘highly sophisticated relationship’, particularly with regard to the internationalisation of higher education. She also noted the cooperation between Australia in China in the lead up to the 2017 Australia-China year of tourism, as well as growing ties in academic research and publications.
The launch was followed by a forum on “China, US and Australian Relations in the Trump Era” and a roundtable discussion, where Professor Greg McCarthy gave a speech. Professor McCarthy explored the implications for Australia and China of a waning US and a rising China in the Asia-Pacific region, noting the new challenges this has created for China.
Attendees also heard from Rowan Callick, China Correspondent for the Australian, Professor Colin Mackerras, Griffith University, as well as a host of Chinese academics from BFSU, CASS, CIIS, East China Normal University, and Peking University.
The Forum was hosted by the Beijing Foreign Studies University and Social Sciences Academic Press and co-organized by the Australian Studies Centre at BFSU and the Academy of Regional and Global Governance at BFSU.