About China Matters Events

Discussion of China’s rise and the implications for Australia usually takes place among like-minded individuals in isolation from those with dissenting opinions. It is often simplistic. Our goal is to be a catalyst for a constructive dialogue between the keen supporters of Australia’s relations with China and the sceptics as well as those in-between. Our China Matters Young Professionals project also hosts events specifically for young professionals, aged 35 or under, from business and the public service.

PRC Study Tour

China Matters was established to advance sound China policy and improve communication on sticky policy issues between senior public officials, Members of Parliament and business executives. True to this goal, the participants of the inaugural three-day study tour (4-7 September) included The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Mr Julian Leeser MP, and Mr Andrew Parker, Partner and Asia Practice leader at PwC Australia, and a Board Director of China Matters. The group was led by China Matters Founding Director and CEO, Ms Linda Jakobson. China Matters funded the travel expenses of both parliamentarians.

Six to twelve participants will be included in future study tours. An equal number of politicians from both major parties will be joined by senior business executives.

China Matters In Parliament

Our China Matters in Parliament forum is one of our ways of engaging with policy-makers on a regular basis. The forum allows Members of Parliament to join us for robust and nuanced discussions about China and the complex choices that face Australia’s decision-makers when dealing with China.

National Meetings

China Matters hosts biannual national meetings to bring together a diverse set of senior representatives from government, business and academia – Australians who are affected by China’s rise in one way or another. Each national meeting addresses a few of the difficult challenges that China’s rise poses for Australia, spanning geopolitics, society and economics. Our aim is to formulate recommendations to strengthen Australian policy toward China.

Seventh National Meeting, 7 June 2018, in partnership with Opera Australia, Sydney.
Sixth National Meeting, 17 October 2017, in partnership with the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Canberra.
Fifth National Meeting, 24 March 2017, in partnership with The University of Queensland, Brisbane.
Fourth National Meeting, 22 September 2016, in partnership with Perth USAsia Centre, Perth.
Third National Meeting, 7 April 2016, in partnership with University of Sydney Business School, Sydney.
Second National Meeting, 20 November 2015, in partnership with La Trobe Asia, Melbourne.
Inaugural National Meeting of China Matters, 22 May 2015, in partnership with the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Canberra.

Policy Dinners

China Matters’ policy dinners provide an opportunity for a candid, off-the-record discussion among a small handful of senior figures from government, business and academia about specific challenges associated with Australia’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China.