China Matters Events

China Matters Oration with the Hon Dr Kevin Rudd AC



China Matters and the University of Queensland were pleased to host the inaugural China Matters Oration delivered in-person by the Hon Dr Kevin Rudd AC in Brisbane on 15 February 2023.

Dr Rudd, a leading global authority on China, discussed both the trajectory of the PRC during President Xi Jinping’s third five-year term and the implications of the PRC’s developments for Australia and the rest of the world.

Mr Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor of the University of Queensland, presented the opening remarks. Ms Linda Jakobson, Founding Director of China Matters, moderated the event.

Read the written China Matters Oration text here and the text of the moderated discussion between Dr Kevin Rudd and Ms Linda Jakobson here.

Read the introductory remarks by Mr Peter Varghese AO here and quotes from the Oration here.

Watch a recording of the Oration and moderated discussion below.



The PRC’S Foreign Policy in the Post-Covid Era: Implications for Australia



On 9 November 2023, the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:ACRI) in partnership with China Matters hosted a panel discussion with three China-watchers who have recently returned from trips to Beijing.

Panellists were Professor James Laurenceson, Director of UTS:ACRI; Ms Linda Jakobson, Founding Director and Deputy Chair of China Matters and Senior Advisor of the China Office of Finnish Industries; and Ms Yun Jiang, AIIA China Matters Fellow and UTS:ACRI Visiting Fellow. The panel was moderated by Mr Samuel Yang, co-host of China Tonight on ABC TV.

The panellists answered the questions: Where is the PRC’s foreign policy now headed? How do Australia watchers in the PRC now think about the bilateral relationship? How can Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit be judged a success? How much ballast is there in the current positive trajectory?

Video, audio, and transcript are available here.


Rethinking China Lecture Series


China Matters’ Sydney Lecture Series Rethinking China features speakers of diverse expertise and background with the aim to inject breadth and depth into the public discussion about the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Each Rethinking China speaker is asked to describe how they see China; why they see China the way they do, and on that basis share their thoughts on what Australia’s approach to the PRC should be.


Watch here 

Rethinking China with Yun Jiang, 5 May 2022, PwC Australia

Rethinking China with John Yu, 16 March 2022, PwC Australia

Rethinking China with Louise Edwards, 9 December 2021, PwC Australia

Rethinking China with Stan Grant, 26 May 2021, Museum of Sydney

Rethinking China with Jason Yat-sen Li, 21 April 2021, Museum of Sydney

Rethinking China with Linda Jaivin, 24 March 2021, Museum of Sydney

Rethinking China with Bill Birtles, 24 February 2021, Museum of Sydney