Australia-China Relations and the Impact on the Chinese Community

The Australia-China relations roundtable discussion held at the New South Wales State Library. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)
The Australia-China relations roundtable discussion held at the New South Wales State Library. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

On September 17, 2018, Vision China Times Australia hosted an informal roundtable discussion on Australia-China relations and their impact on the Chinese community with eight members of Australia’s China watch community, each bringing to the table varying views.

The roundtable discussion was held at the New South Wales State Library and was moderated by Kelsey Munro, a senior contributing journalist at SBS News.

Kelsey Munro. (Vision China Times Australia)

Kelsey Munro. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Much of the public discussion around the passing of Australia’s foreign interference legislation has been quite different in mainstream society to that within the Chinese community. The aim of this event was to bring together informed and involved people who hold a range of opinions — from academia, media, and those within the Chinese community — to engage in an open and respectful discussion about these important issues.

Topics covered included:

  • How the Australia-China relationship should be managed.
  • The clash of values between the Chinese government and Australia’s democratic institutions.
  • The inadvertent impact and possible stigmatization of Chinese-Australians and Chinese students during this debate.
  • Foreign political donations, the United Front Work Department, censorship, and self-censorship.
  • Are we in a period of China hysteria?
  • The role played by Australia’s English and Chinese language media.

Listen to the full audio of the roundtable discussion here:

 

Panelists:

Professor Rory Medcalf — Head of the National Security College, ANU

Professor Rory Medcalf - Head of National Security College, ANU

Professor Rory Medcalf. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Mr. Benjamin Chow, AO BE — Chairman of Mindax Ltd, co-chair of the Liberal Party Chinese Council

Mr Benjamin Chow (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Mr. Benjamin Chow (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Professor James Laurenceson — Deputy Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at UTS

Professor James Laurenceson. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Professor James Laurenceson. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Mr. John Hugh — Spokesperson for the Australian Values Alliance

Mr. John Hugh. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Mr. John Hugh. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Ms. Linda Jakobson — Founding Director of China Matters

Ms. Linda Jakobson. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Ms. Linda Jakobson. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Professor Chongyi Feng — Associate Professor in China Studies at UTS

Professor Chongyi Feng. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Professor Chongyi Feng. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Mr. Nick McKenzie — Senior investigative journalist, leading journalist on the joint Four Corners-Fairfax investigation “Power & Influence”

Mr Nick McKenzie. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Mr. Nick McKenzie. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Dr. Merriden Varrall — Director of Geopolitics and Tax at KPMG, formerly Director of the East Asia program at the Lowy Institute.

Dr. Merriden Varrall. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

Dr. Merriden Varrall. (Image: Vision China Times Australia)

 

Report in Chinese can be found here: https://www.secretchina.com/news/gb/2018/09/22/871622.html

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