ACRI Ambassadors Series: Ross Garnaut

rgarnautAustralia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology, Sydney

5.30pm for 6.00pm start, event concludes 7.30pm, Thursday June 23 2016
Conference Room, National Library of Australia, Canberra

Following the success of our Ambassadors’ Panel in Canberra earlier this year ACRI is delighted to welcome Ross Garnaut in conversation with Bob Carr at the National Library of Australia as part of our Ambassadors’ Series.

Professor Garnaut was Ambassador to China 1985-1988. Deng Xiaoping’s Open Door policy was in full flight as foreign trade became a normal part of economic life and China experimented with two way foreign direct investment. Hu Yaobang as Communist Party General Secretary and Zhao Ziyang as Premier were interested in engaging Australia in discussion of new directions in reform. It was also a period of uncertainty as the Communist Party sought to reconcile Communist ideology with an economy in which the role of the market was expanding rapidly. Professor Garnaut will share his experiences from his time on the ground in Beijing.

His current appointments include: Professorial Research Fellow in Economics, University of Melbourne; Chairman of the China Economy and Business Program ANU; Chairman of ZEN Energy. He has a deep interest in climate policy and keen insights into Chinese positions on energy and climate. Thirty years on from his posting what has China learnt? How does that time of huge reform resonate today? Join us to hear his insights on the Australia-China relationship then and now.

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