This report summarises the ninth ACYD held in Melbourne from 2-5 November. It also tracks our progress towards our ultimate goal: enhancing and cultivating aspirational exchanges between outstanding and diverse Australian and Greater Chinese citizens between the ages of 25-40 years of age. ACYD never before has encountered a time when its opportunity and challenges have been greater in terms of advancing the relationship in a manner that is fundamental to Australia’s future in the region, and how China positions itself regionally and globally.
This report chronicles our further progress in nurturing aspirational exchanges between emerging and current youth leaders from Australia and Greater China. The ACYD Board and Management Team worked energetically over the year to bring together another outstanding group to explore future directions, challenges and possibilities at the eighth ACYD, held in Beijing from 15-18 September 2017.
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.
This Summary Report chronicles the what, why and who of the sixth ACYD, held in Brisbane, Australia, from December 4-7, 2015. The ACYD Board and its Executive Team worked tirelessly throughout the year to execute this unique and dynamic meeting of minds between Australia and Greater China’s emerging and current leaders.
The report of 2014 Australia-Chia Youth Dialogue is now released. This year the dialogue took place from 21st to 24th November in Beijing. The ACYD team is extremely proud of the work we carried out to produce this year’s successful ACYD. A heartfelt congratulations on behalf of the ACYD team to the 2014 delegates for their involvement in this year’s ACYD.
The Australia-China Youth Dialogue 2013 Report is now officially released, proudly presented to you by the ACYD team. This year's dialogue was held in Canberra and Melbourne for one week during late September. Now we welcome the latest 30 delegates to join the ranks of another 90 outstanding ACYD alumni who have, or are moving into, positions of influence and leadership across the spectrum of the Australia-China dynamic.
At 40 there are no doubts.
Marking the 40th year of diplomatic relations between Australia and the People’s Republic of China, and in anticipation of the 18th National Peoples Congress, the third annual Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) was held in Beijing and Chengdu, China, from 19 to 24 October 2012.
In 2009, Dr. Stephen Fitzgerald (Australia’s first ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, 1973-76) highlighted the absence of – and a need for – more institutionalised dialogue between Australia and China through both governmental and non-governmental organisations. In 2012, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia, stated that “In the Asian century, business as usual is not enough”.
ACYD was founded to address these concerns, and promote frequent and meaningful engagement and more sophisticated cross-cultural understanding among Australian and Chinese youth. Since 2010, ACYD has brought young leaders from Australia and China together with key experts and decision makers to discuss key aspects of the bilateral relationship.
Speakers at ACYD have included HE Ms Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Justin Yifu Lin, former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank, and the Hon. Bob Hawke AC, former Prime Minister of Australia.
ACYD seeks to enhance Sino-Australian relations by promoting to forge lasting connections that will benefit both countries in the future. The main objectives of the ACYD are to:
- Facilitate an understanding of Chinese and Australian culture and society;
- Encourage talented youth to take an active interest in Australia-China relations;
- Bring together Australian and Chinese youth from different sectors to create long-term, mutually beneficial relationships; and
- Encourage youth to seek employment opportunities in future business, research, NGO and/or diplomatic roles between Australia and China.
With the respected former Australian diplomat Richard Woolcott AC recently describing the ACYD as “probably more important than the Australian American Leadership Dialogue,” it is safe to say that the ACYD is well on the way to achieving these aims.
Henry Makeham, Founder
Henry Makeham, ACYD Founder May, 2013
Since it’s inauguration in 2010, the ACYD has released a summary report containing the biographies of all the speakers, delegates and organisers, as well as what went on at the Dialogue. In 2012 the release of the 2011 Summary Report was combined with the ACYD’s submission to the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, co-authored by the delegates of the 2011 ACYD. The bilingual submission advocated the importance to Australia of developing a cohesive, long-term Austral-Asian narrative for the 21st Century and aimed to assist in identifying some priorities for action toward that end.
Following the success of the ACYD’s submission, the ACYD Executive Team has decided to make the release of a co-authored and bilingual Joint Paper a permanent fixture of the ACYD.
The 2012 ACYD Delegate’s 2012 Joint Paper will be co-authored by the Delegates and address the theme of the ACYD. Issues raised in the paper will also help inform the agenda for the 2013 ACYD. Moreover, it will be disseminated to relevant government and private stakeholders in both Australia and China. The paper will be launched in September 2013 in both Australia and China. Henry Makeham, ACYD Founder March, 2013
Founded in 2010, the ACYD aims to promote a more sophisticated cross-cultural understanding between young Australian and Chinese from 18-35 years of age by bringing together key emerging leaders from both countries. We believe that frequent and meaningful engagement between young leaders in Australia and China who are interested in furthering Australia-China relations is in the long-term benefit of Australia, China, and the Australia-China relationship. In 2010 the inaugural ACYD was held in Beijing and Shanghai. Then in 2011, the second ACYD was held in Canberra and Sydney. For 2012, the third ACYD is planned for Beijing and Chengdu.
This submission is a collaborative effort by the Australian and Chinese delegates of the 2011 ACYD. It covers a range of issues that we believe need to be prioritised by the Australian Government as it seeks to navigate the Asian Century; a century couched in the context of a rejuvenated People’s Republic of China. Central to it all is the importance of developing a cohesive and compelling ‘Austral-Asian narrative’: a story that we tell about ourselves, defining Australia as a multicultural nation in Asia, comfortable with both our past and our future, and committed to an open, prosperous and sustainable Asia.
The perspectives contained within this document are youth perspectives. They reflect the priorities of the 2011 ACYD delegates and organisers. We hope they provide fresh insights distilled from the forthright and open discussions held throughout the 2011 ACYD. Whilst the views contained herein do not necessarily represent the views of the ACYD Executive Team, our Organising Partners, Major Sponsors or Associate Partners, they do represent the general perspectives of the 2011 ACYD delegate participants.
We hope that this document will not only help guide the Australian Government’s policy-making efforts with respect to realising a prosperous, frank and respectful Australia-China relationship, but also help inform the Australian private sector’s and civil society’s efforts for engaging with China. Moreover, the ACYD hopes that this document demonstrates that the ‘youth’ perspective is an integral constituency that can present valid views on substantive issues concerning the direction of Australia-Asia and more specifically, Australia-China relations.
This submission would not have been possible without the support and input of the 2011 ACYD delegates and ACYD administrative team members.
Henry Makeham, ACYD Founder February, 2012