6 May 2008

PANEL DISCUSSION - "The Chinese Balancing Act for Australia" - Asialink event (12 May 2008; U of Melbourne)

Monday 12 May 2008, 1.00 pm for 1.15 pm ­ 2.15 pm
ICT Theatre 1, 111 Barry Street, The University of Melbourne

"The Chinese balancing act for Australia"
Panel Discussion facilitated by Professor Tony Milner, Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne and Asialink board member.

"A true friend," Kevin Rudd said in Beijing "is one who can be a zhengyou, that is a partner who sees beyond immediate benefit to the broader and firm basis for continuing, profound and sincere friendship".

The speakers will discuss the challenges and the opportunities presented by China to Australia, the region and the world. Hear how the first mandarin speaking leader of a western nation, Kevin Rudd, was received in Beijing and whether 'zhengyou' is the smart strategy.

Professor David Goodman is Professor of Contemporary China Studies and has built a dynamic China research hub at the University Technology of Sydney.

Greg Sheridan, The Australia's foreign editor, is the most influential foreign affairs analyst in Australia.

Julia Gong is a teacher of Chinese in Melbourne and used to be a presenter of English Education programs on Chinese television.

ENTRY: Free of Charge
RSVP: To reserve a seat, please send an email to:
events@asialink.unimelb.edu.au with "Zhengyou" in the subject line.