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.

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 will address 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.

China Matters also hosts China policy dinners. These provide a platform for a handful of senior figures from business and government to discuss specific aspects of Australia-China relations in an informal, closed-door setting.

The China Matters Young Professionals project hosts events specifically for young professionals, aged 35 or under, from business and the public service. The biannual YP National Meeting emulates our flagship event for senior policymakers and business executives, the China Matters National Meeting. The YP Debates aim to entice a larger group of Young Professionals who are interested in China but not necessarily China-focused in their jobs. Before the establishment of the YP project we organised two Youth Policy Meetings, in 2015 and 2016Please see our Young Professionals page for more details.


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.