Inaugural Youth Policy Meeting

The inaugural China Matters Youth Policy Meeting was held on 6 May 2015 in Sydney.  Co-hosted by Ms Linda Jakobson, Founding Director of China Matters, and Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, the event provided a platform for 36 leading postgraduate and honours students and young professionals to discuss the pressing issues facing Australia-China relations today.
The meeting focused on two questions: What does China want from the region? What does Australia want from China? The event guide includes panellists’ biographies, the agenda and a background paper.
The discussion was led by three panellists – Mr Andrew Kwon, Mr Jiao Li, and Ms Eva O’Dea – and moderated by Mr Peter Cai, Editor of China Spectator.

Participants were asked to formulate one or two policy recommendations for the Australian government on how to engage China as China’s influence in the region increases.  Recommendations included the need for the Australian government to, first, formulate a more coherent strategy for engaging China and, second, to build more substantive relations with other regional middle powers.  What Australia’s transition to a post minerals economy entails for Australia-China ties was also debated.

The meeting was a precursor to the inaugural China Matters National Meeting that will be held with senior figures from policy, business, and security circles in Canberra later in May.