The potential of Chinese-Australian relations in the Asia-Pacific region and the increasingly globalized world provides a tremendous opportunity for the two countries to develop a stable and mutually beneficiary partnership, yet there is also a great level of anxiety mainly on the Australian side. How can both sides cope with such an opportunity and challenge?
This talk explores the possibilities created by the complementarity of the two counties in the globalized world of investment and trade liberalization. Australia has almost all of what China needs and wants in the future – mines, energy (coal and LNG) and food, while China has more and more what Australia needs – capital, human resources, markets for primary industries including mining and agricultural products, notwithstanding the limits created by contrasting historical, cultural and geopolitical differences. The discussion will address important benefits to both nations beyond the economic.
Don Xia is a naturalized Australian national, a private investor and a seasoned researcher in geopolitics with a current focus on resource economics and China. A graduate of the China University of Petroleum, Xia was among the earliest graduates sponsored by the Chinese government to pursue advanced studies overseas. Now based in Beijing, Xia has had a blend of careers spanning IT and internet media, investment business and private resources companies, as well as providing consultancy services to major Chinese State Owned Enterprises, and to academic institutions in the North America, Australia, Hong Kong and China.