China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ and Australia

university_sydney_logoChina Studies Centre, University of Sydney

6.00pm – 7.30pm, Wednesday 14 October 2015
Darlington Centre Conference Room, Darlington Centre, University of Sydney

With China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) occupying the front pages of newspapers over the past months, the “Road and Belt” Initiative is yet another milestone strategy proposed by China two years ago.

What is “One Belt One Road” initiative? What does it include? What are the opportunities for Australia? How can the “One Belt One Road” initiative be leveraged to bring win-win and mutually beneficial results?

Chinese President Xi Jinping pointed out that China welcomes Australia’s involvement in the building of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road as the Oceania region is naturally an extension of the ancient Maritime Silk Road. Positive responses have been seen from Australian government, think tanks and media, who comment on the opportunities for Australian businesses.

At the invitation of China Cultural Centre in Sydney and China Studies Centre, the University of Sydney, Prof. Wang Yuzhu, Director of the Centre for APEC and East-Asia Cooperation, China Academy of Social Sciences, will visit Sydney and join Kerry Brown at an interview to examine the implications of “One Belt One Road” initiative and China-Australia ties at large.

Wang Yuzhu, Professor at the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) since 2002. As a research fellow specialised in Asia-Pacific studies and regional strategy of China, Prof. Wang holds the position as the Director of the Centre for APEC and East-Asia Cooperation at CASS. He is also a Professor at the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and used to be visiting scholar at the National University of Singapore and visiting research fellow at the University of Chicago. He has published a number of books and articles, including “One Belt One Road” Initiative and the Reconstruction of Asian Integration Model.

Kerry Brown is Director of the China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Sydney.