Disruptive Asia (Volume Three)

2019 China Edition

Disruptive Asia 2019 China Mock Cover

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, focusing 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 Ivanov
Asia Society Australia

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Disruptive Asia is a thought-leadership project by Asia Society Australia launched in 2017. It presents – through long-form essays – new perspectives and policy recommendations on how Asia’s rise is impacting Australia’s foreign policy, economy and society and how Australia should respond. Disruptive Asia deliberately looks at both external aspects of Australia’s  relationship with Asia (foreign policy, business connectivity, international education) and their domestic implications and manifestations (community relations, leadership diversity, education settings and capabilities).

The Asia debate has long ceased to be an exclusive intellectual domain of foreign policy and business elite. Asia’s ascendancy and the resulting geopolitical, geoeconomic, demographic and social shifts affect virtually all facets of Australian life. Disruptive Asia is a humble attempt to re-start the conversation about the impact of Asia on Australia and our place in the region, and broaden, deepen and bring together the community of those who debate these issues.

Read Disruptive Asia (Volume One) 2017 Edition here >>

Read Disruptive Asia (Volume Two) 2018 ASEAN Special Edition here >>