23 May 2012
Australia and China – What Would a Political Partnership Look Like?
Keynote Speech to the Griffith University-Peking University Australia-China Emerging Leaders Dialogue
This speech transcript discusses the relationship between Australia and China. It elaborates on the economic dimension of the relationship before examining the possibility for the two countries to build a political relationship. The speaker argues that while the key attribute of the Australia-China relationship is the vast differences between the two countries, to allow these differences to constrict and limit the Sino-Australian relationship would be tantamount to leaving it hostage to suspicion and potentially antagonism.
© 2012 Lowy Institute for International Policy