Disruptive Asia (Volume Three)

2019 China Edition

Disruptive Asia 2019 China Mock Cover

In 2019 our Disruptive Asia series will focus on China. We will examine the boundaries and parameters of our engagement with China under President Xi – a China that is a rising global power, more active and assertive in its foreign policy, economic diplomacy and the projection of its soft, sharp and hard power abroad, a China faced with a slowing and changing economy and a competitive strategic and economic pressure from the United States and its allies, and a China that is more authoritarian and less tolerant of dissent and critical questioning at home and abroad.  
Our series will examine how Australia can engage with China. We will focus on the critical areas of the bilateral relationship – trade and investment, education, countering crime, technology, philanthropy, developmental assistance, human rights, and social cohesion and protection of our Australian-Chinese community. The series will provide a contextual brief and practical, implementable ideas to the incoming Australian government and business, education and political leaders and community. In 2019 I am pleased to be joined by Professor Bates Gill as a co-convenor of the China edition of Disruptive Asia, with Greg Earl continuing as an editor. We’re thrilled to launch the series today with the headline essay by Professor Bates Gill, published in the Australian Financial Review.

Philipp  Ivanov
CEO, Asia Society Australia



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 >>

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