Disruptive Asia Debate | Values vs Interests (Canberra)


How do our values intersect with our interests when it comes to Australia's economic engagement with China?

Disruptive Asia China edition

When it comes to China, how do we balance our values vs our interests? 

This year Disruptive Asia focuses on China. We asked our authors, what should Australia's ‘bounded engagement’ with China look like?

Now we broaden the discussion with a public debate series across Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne unpacking the boundaries and parameters of our relationship with China.

On 23 October the series moves to Canberra to explore the social and environmental costs of Australia's economic engagement with China. Led by Associate Professor Jane Golley, Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU and co-author of Australia and the BRI: Cooperate, compete or challenge.

Date: Wednesday 23 October
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Australian Centre on China in the World, Building 188, Fellows Lane The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 2601

This event is open to all members of the public. Registration essential. If you're unsure, please contact programaustralia@asiasociety.org for further information. 

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Since the launch in 2017, Disruptive Asia has become widely recognised across policy, business and education circles for its contribution to understanding the major issues facing Australia-Asia relations. The publication offers original analysis, nuanced perspectives and practical policy recommendations.

In 2020 the debate series will be stepped-up to quarterly program across the major state capitals.

About Our Speakers:

Dr Bates Gill, Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies, Macquarie University & Associate Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London)

Bates Gill

Dr Bates Gill has a 30-year international career as an educator, scholar, and policy advisor. An academically-trained and internationally-respected China specialist, he has led a global top-ten think tank and held academic and research positions at world-leading universities and public policy research institutions in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.

Before joining the Security Studies Department at Macquarie University, Dr Gill held positions at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney (2012-2017).  He was Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)(2007-2012) and held the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C (2002-2007). He also served as a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and inaugural Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution (1998-2002).

Among his international honours, Dr Gill holds the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed upon foreigners by the Swedish monarch. In 2015, he was named a top-ten American China expert by the Chinese Foreign Affairs University. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was inducted in to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2007.

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Associate Professor Jane Golley, Director, Australian Centre on China in the World ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Jane Golley headshot

Jane Golley is an Associate Professor, economist and Acting Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) in the College of Asia and the Pacific. She completed her undergraduate degree in Economics at the ANU, before undertaking her Mphil and Dphil in Economics at the University of Oxford, where she also taught undergraduate economics for seven years.

She returned to the ANU's School of Economics in 2003, moving to the Crawford School of Public Policy in 2009 and then to CIW in 2011.

Jane specialises in the Chinese economy, doing applied research on a wide range of development and transition issues. Past research has covered: regional development and inequality; household consumption and carbon dioxide emissions; rural-urban migration and urbanisation; gender imbalances and economic growth; inter-generational transmission of education outcomes; and Socialism with Chinese characteristics. 

Recent research interests include Inequality of Opportunity in education, income and health; modelling the global impacts of deteriorating Sino-US and Sino-Australian relations; and the Geoeconomics of the Belt and Road Initiative.

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Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT

Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Arts and Law.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and a past recipient of the 'Young Economist Award', a prize given every two years by the Economics Society of Australia to the best economist under 40.

His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014), The Luck of Politics (2015), Choosing Openness: Why Global Engagement is Best for Australia (2017), Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World (2018) and Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator (with Joshua Gans) (2019). Andrew is a keen marathon runner, and hosts a podcast titled "The Good Life: Andrew Leigh in Conversation", which is available on Apple.

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Catherine McGrath (Moderator)

Catherine McGrath

Catherine McGrath is an award-winning national and international broadcast journalist, turned in-demand trainer, keynote speaker and business leader. 


For three decades Catherine McGrath has shared her political insights with Australian audiences on SBS and ABC television, radio and online.

After a distinguished career as a journalist, Catherine is an in-demand, speaking coach, media trainer, conference MC and keynote speaker.

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Event Details

Wed 23 Oct 2019
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Australian Centre on China in the World 

Building 188, Fellows Lane The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 2601

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