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Podcasts on issues of world politics.

    Australia-China Relations: Finding the Elusive Balance

    Australia-China Relations: Finding the Elusive Balance

    The relationship with China is of critical importance to Australia. It is also increasingly complex, being influenced by economics, domestic factors and strategic forces.

    Yet it is a relationship with underlying tension. China and Australia sometimes find themselves on different sides of the table in some bilateral issues, and disagreements over foreign investment in Australia, influence, and the interests of allied countries might prevent further successful co-operation or interaction.

    This panel discusses the key challenges and opportunities confronting the bilateral relationship of China and Australia.

    Panellists:
    Professor Nick Bisley (Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University)
    Dr Dan Hu (Deputy Director, Australian Studies Centre, Beijing Foreign Studies University)
    Rowan Callick (Journalist, author, advisory board member of La Trobe Asia)
    Professor John Fitzgerald (Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology)
    Dr Euan Graham (Executive Director, La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University)(Chair)

    The Launch of Issue 2 of the La Trobe Asia Brief: Australia-China Relations: Finding the Elusive Balance.

    Recorded on 30 July, 2019.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Why is China Annoyed With Australia? (Australia-China Relations #2)

    Why is China Annoyed With Australia? (Australia-China Relations #2)

    Australia has implemented a wide range of policies which, while not explicitly anti-China, are definitely interpreted that way. Other countries are taking notice and inspiration from such actions.

    Find out more about the La Trobe Asia Brief on Australia-China relations.
    www.latrobe.edu.au/news/announceme…china-relations

    Guest:
    Dr Dan Hu (Deputy Director, Australia Studies Centre, Beijing Foreign Studies University)

    Recorded on 18 July, 2019.

    • 20 min
    Can Australia Defend Itself in the Asian Century?

    Can Australia Defend Itself in the Asian Century?

    For decades in Australia we have assumed that America will prevent any serious emerging military threats to Australia, or defend us from them if they do, but now America's power in Asia is waning and those old assumptions are no longer valid.

    So what now? We have never really tried to defend ourselves independently, but now we may have no choice. Can it be done, and if so how? What do we really need to defend? What forces do we need? How much would they cost and how serious are the threats?

    Speakers:
    Professor Hugh White (Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University)
    Dr Euan Graham (Executive Director of La Trobe Asia)

    The Melbourne launch of How to Defend Australia by Hugh White, published by La Trobe University Press.

    Presented at the State Library of Victoria on 17 July, 2019.

    • 1 hr
    Unmaking the Himalaya: Geopolitics, Environment, Citizenship

    Unmaking the Himalaya: Geopolitics, Environment, Citizenship

    In recent years, the Indian and Chinese states have become increasingly assertive in the Himalaya. Driven in part by their mutual enmity and border disputes, both states have undertaken massive infrastructure developments, enabling vast new extractive projects, and a rush of troops and tourists from the plains to the mountains.

    These political tensions have dangerous ecological consequences. All Himalayan states are building large dams to facilitate development. The Himalayan ice pack moderates monsoonal rains in Asia and feeds most of the region’s large rivers. This system provides 40 per cent of the world’s population with water. To make matters worse, the Himalaya is experiencing climate change at twice global averages.

    With these political and environmental transformations, the lives of the region’s diverse peoples, including its refugee populations, along with broader ideas of citizenship and belonging, are being changed and challenged.

    Speakers:
    Associate Professor Sonika Gupta (IIT Madras)
    Dr Ruth Gamble (David Myers Research Fellow, La Trobe University)
    Dr Alexander Davis (New Generation Network Scholar, La Trobe University)

    Chair:
    Dr Gerald Roche (Senior Research Fellow, Politics, La Trobe University)

    Presented at the La Trobe University City Campus on 26 June, 2019.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    A Chinese Scholar on China

    A Chinese Scholar on China

    When talking about Chinese international politics, the loudest voices are often western ones, and the Chinese perspective is limited to official party lines.

    In a rare interview, Professor Zhu Feng gives his thoughts on the US/China trade war, the South China Sea, China relations with Australia, and China's activity in the South Pacific.

    Guest: Professor Zhu Feng (Executive Director, China Center for Collaborative Studies of the South China Sea, Nanjing University)
    Interviewer: Dr Euan Graham (Executive Director, La Trobe Asia)
    Producer: Matt Smith

    Recorded 23 June, 2019.

    • 22 min
    A Testing Friendship (Australia-China Relations #1)

    A Testing Friendship (Australia-China Relations #1)

    For the most part, China has seen Australia as an especially agreeable and non-troubling partner, as a predictable American security ally but with a friendly twist. This is changing, and the pressure is intensifying for Australia to rebuild its standings with Beijing.

    Find out more about the La Trobe Asia Brief on Australia-China relations.
    https://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/announcements/2019/australia-china-relations

    Guest:
    Rowan Callick (Journalist, author, advisory board member of La Trobe Asia)

    Follow La Trobe Asia on Twitter: www.twitter.com/latrobeasia

    Recorded 30 May, 2019.

    • 19 min

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