FSS Seminar Series: Australia, China and the United States: Navigating troubled waters

Speaker: Prof. Mark BEESON, Adjunct Professor, University of Technology Sydney and Griffith University (UM Distinguished Visiting Scholar)

Date:30 Apr 2024 (Fri)

Time:11:00 – 12:30

Venue: E21B-G016

Abstract: Australia’s two most important bilateral relationships are with China and the United States. Unfortunately, the relationship between China and the US is not as productive or friendly as it could be at the moment. Negotiating a course between these two great powers is consequently an increasingly difficult exercise for Australian policymakers. Part of the difficulty can be explained by Australia’s longstanding alliance with the US, which has historically dominated strategic policy in particular. Despite relations with China having significantly improved, tensions remain in the bilateral relationship and much will depend on how American strategic policy evolves, especially if Donald Trump becomes president again. This talk provides an overview of these challenges and the issues that may help or hinder closer ties between Australia and China in particular.