Actions and Detail Panel
【CDS China Talk】The Strategic Landscape of China-Australia-U.S. Triangle in...
Mon. 13 March 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT
Organized by USYD China Development Society; with Support from USYD China Studies Centre
With the election of Donald. Trump as the new President of the United States, the uncertainty of China-Australia-China triangle seems become greater than ever as the new master of White House seeks to confront Beijing on the several issues from trade to ‘One China Principle,’ the East China Sea to the South China Sea. On the other hand, will the controversy over phone call between U.S President and Australian Prime Minister pushes Canberra away from Washington, and switch to Beijing?
The Attitude of the Chinese side is as clear as usual, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying said that anyone trying to use the status of Taiwan for negotiations would be ‘smashing their feet by lifting a rock’ and would face a broad and strong opposition from the Chinese government and people, as well as the international community. Indeed, the Chinese top leader is not a businessman. For him, not everything in the world can be bargained or trade off.
Julia Bishop, the Foreign Minister of Australia, claimed that the Partnership between Australia and the U.S is as close as ever, regardless the phone call issue, after her visiting in Washington. So, will Australia back up its military ally to provoke its largest trade partner? As a swing power, how should Australia reacts in order to seek the balance between two great politics, rather than being the meat in the sandwich of a potential future US-China confrontation?
Indeed, President Trump’s unpredictability is perhaps his most predictable characteristic. But to what extent an individual leader’s personality will change the strategic choice of three countries in the Asia-Pacific region? This is the central question which will be discussed in depth in this Panel.
Mr. Carr is s a former politician from Australia. A member of the Labor Party, he served in the government of Australia as Minister for Foreign Affairs from March 2012 to September 2013, while also serving in the Australian Senate as a Senator for New South Wales. After leaving state parliament, Mr. Carr continued his involvement in fostering the development of Australia-China relations. Now he is taking a role is a director in the UTS Australia-China Relations Institute.
Dr. Reilly is an Associate Professor in Northeast Asian Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research and teaching are in the areas of Chinese foreign policy, East Asian politics, and international relations. He is the author of Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China’s Japan Policy and the co-editor of Australia and China at 40.
Dr. Yuan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and International Relations and the Acting Director of Centre of International Security Studies at University of Sydney. Dr. Yuan specializes in Asia-Pacific security, China-U.S relations , Chinese defence and foreign policy, and global and regional arms control and non-proliferation issues. He is the co-author of China and India: Cooperation or Conflict? and the co-editor of Australia and China at 40.