China Matters held its Eighth National Meeting in Melbourne on 18 October 2019 in partnership with La Trobe University. Senior business executives and government officials discussed ways for Australia to respond to a more assertive People’s Republic of China (PRC). Each session ended with one or two policy recommendations for the Australian government.

The four panel sessions focused on:

  • Does the security establishment adequately consider Australia’s economic interests with the PRC?
  • What are Canberra’s policy options if the PRC decides to punish Australia economically for being too supportive of the US?
  • How should Australia deal with PRC-US strategic technological competition?
  • What should Australia do?

The Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, delivered the welcoming dinner’s keynote address. The dinner was hosted by China Matters Chair, Mr Kevin McCann AM.