Delve into danger
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We are frequently told that we may have to make a strategic choice between the US and China. With these two options in front of us, a third choice, ‘sit on the fence and hope for the best’ has probably been the most popular position. But as China’s rise continues and the US retreats, do our strategic interests lie in a positive alignment with our region’s traditional power? Could an alliance between Australia and China be founded on shared interests – despite underlying cultural and political differences? Trade, investment and partnerships have already bound our destiny to China’s in a way that no amount of political posturing can undo. Is it time to stop sitting on the fence and choose China?
Chaired by Jason Yat-sen Li, Chairman of Vantage Asia Holdings.
Zhao Hai is a research fellow at the Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (IWEP-CASS). Dr. Zhao worked at various think thanks in China and the United States. Before joining the IWEP-CASS, he was a research fellow at the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University (NSI). His main research interests are Sino-US strategic relations, geopolitics in East Asia and the development of the Belt and Road Initiative. Zhao Hai holds a PhD in international history from the University of Chicago and a MA in Asia-Pacific Studies from Peking University. He also studied at the Johns Hopkins University - Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. Currently, Dr. Zhao is a frequent commentator on the CGTN programs, and the CRI radio programs.
Linda Jakobson is the CEO and Founding Director of China Matters, an independent Australian public policy initiative that aims to advance sound China policy and stimulate a nuanced public discourse in Australia about the rise of the People’s Republic of China. From 2011 to 2013, she served as the Lowy Institute's East Asia Program Director. Before moving to Sydney, she lived and worked in China for 22 years and published six books on Chinese and East Asian society. A Mandarin speaker, Jakobson is internationally known for her publications about PRC foreign policy. Over the past three decades she has served as a policy adviser to the governments of seven countries. Her most recent book, written with Dr Bates Gill, is China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia (La Trobe University Press/Black Inc., 2017).
Adam Ni is a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University. His areas of interest include China’s international relations, strategy and security issues. He has worked in various China-related positions in academia, government and the private sector. Adam is a frequent commentator on geopolitics and China-related issues for Australian and international media.