China’s rise is transforming the world. Among the most significant consequences of the country’s dramatic growth in wealth and power is the way it is unsettling Asia’s balance of power. How should the world respond to an increasingly powerful, wealthy and ambitious China? Should Washington try to retain the status quo in Asia, should it contest China's bid for influence or retreat, ceding the region as a whole to this authoritarian behemoth? How the US responds to China will be among the most important decisions it makes and will have consequences across the world.
One of the world’s most influential scholars of international strategy, Hugh White, argues that the most prudent response for Washington and its allies, including Australia, is to relinquish its predominance and share power in Asia with the People’s Republic. In this panel Hugh White will debate his thesis with leading China foreign and defence policy expert Linda Jakobson.
Join us to hear them debate what has been called “the Hugh White thesis”.
Hugh White is the author of China Choice: Why America Should Share Power. He is Professor of Strategic Studies at the ANU and a former Senior Advisor to Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Between 1995 and 2000 he was deputy secretary for strategy and intelligence in the Department of Defence.
Linda Jakobson is Founding Director of China Matters, an Australian public policy initiative that aims to stimulate a nuanced and realistic discussion in Australia about China's rise, and to advance sound policy. The author of six books on China and Asia, Linda lived and worked in China for 22 years. She is also currently Visiting Professor at the United States Study Centre, University of Sydney and a member of La Trobe Asia’s Advisory Board.
Nick Bisley is Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University.
Robert Manne is Emeritus Professor of Politics, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Convenor of the Ideas & Society Program at La Trobe University.