China Matters was established to stimulate a realistic and nuanced discussion of China among Australian business, government and the security establishment, and advance sound policy.
The Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit, part of the larger Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, is the pre-eminent gathering of Asia’s most dynamic young leaders from every country and every sector in the Asia-Pacific region. The Summit brings together a core group of over 150 Asia 21 Young Leaders Fellows and delegates from Asia and the U.S, representing a wide range of fields, and all under the age of 40.
Emerging leaders from Australia and China are meeting and creating important new networks at the annual Australia-China Youth Dialogue.
ACYD alumus Helen Zhang was recently awarded with the ANU Young Alumni of the Year. Following predecessor Henry Makeham (2015) and Alan Wu (2016), Helen has been the third ACYD alumus in a row to receive the honor. Congratulations Helen!
China’s Belt and Road Initiative is one of President Xi’s most ambitious foreign and economic initiatives. It reflects a combination of economic and strategic drivers, not all of which can be easily reconciled. There are strategic drivers behind China’s Belt and Road Initiative, but it is also motivated by the country’s pressing domestic economic challenges. The combination of strategic and economic drivers is not always easy to reconcile. In some cases, China’s strategic objectives make it difficult to sell the economic aspects of the initiative to China’s neighbours. The Chinese Government is keen to use the initiative to achieve important economic policy objectives, but some Chinese financiers and policymakers are cautious about funding risky Belt and Road projects outside of China, fearing poor return on their investments. Written by ACYD alumnus Peter Cai.
Jill Xiaozhou Ju, an ACYD alumnus, was recently listed Forbes 30 under 30, a very significant achievement. Graduate of Peking University and Harvard Business School, Jill has worked in UBS in Hong Kong and Beijing, and is currently working at Greystar Europe managing a portfolio around 1Bn Pounds. Jill shared her story and motivation with ACYD organizer Mert Erkul recently, and here is their interview.
This report chronicles the further progress achieved in nurturing aspirational exchanges at the seventh ACYD, held in Hong Kong and Shenzhen from 28-31 October 2016. Following the example of its predecessors, the ACYD Board and Management Team worked energetically over the year to bring together emerging and current leaders from Australia and Greater China to explore future directions, challenges and possibilities.
Australia is sending its first ever intellectual property counsellor to Beijing this month as Canberra steps up support for businesses expanding into China by helping them to protect their trademarks. The new IP counsellor, David Bennett, is a delegate of 2016 ACYD.
2016 Australia-China Youth Dialogue was successfully concluded in Hong Kong on Oct 31. Highlights of the program including visits to Huawei and BGI, two of China's fastest growing companies, and a series of open and frank discussions on issues pertinent to the Australia-China relations, including trade, diplomacy, security, urbanization, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, banking and finance. New perspectives were formed and new friendships built during the course of the Dialogue.