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.
Earlier this week an inspiring publication was launched which celebrates the Australia-China Council's achievements in fostering people-to-people links during the past 40 years was launched. This event and book launch was at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, with ACYD Board member and 2013 Alumna Cindy Gottinger as emcee.
Meeting ACYD is one kind of fate. Amazing and Fantastic.
ACYD 2018 was diverse and dynamic, which brought macro- and micro- perspectives and created an open and pleasant atmosphere to have in-depth discussions on various and important issues in the past four days. I did not realize how much I enjoyed ACYD until I recalled my endless happy memories with my friends back to China. I strongly recommend that more young talents should join ACYD family to grow people-to-people links between our two countries.
On 24th November 2018, the Australia China Alumni Awards were announced at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang Hotel. Lisa Qin, a 2013 alumna of ACYD was awarded winner of the category AIDE – Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award. Congratulations Lisa!
The Australia China Youth Dialogue provides a wonderful platform for young leaders from across the Asia-Pacific to come together and discuss the ever evolving bilateral relationship enjoyed by Australia and China. The 2018 program was thought provoking, relevant and was presented by eminent leaders in their respective fields. The ACYD will stay with all delegates, long into the future, as it fosters connections between like-minded people and that is its greatest legacy.
A group of ‘30 under 40’ ambitious Australians and Chinese will descend on Melbourne this week to participate in a young leaders’ forum, backed by major sponsors including Swisse and the Australian Government’s Australia-China Council.