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Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia Online

Shanghai, China - 10 April 2014: The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, launched Australia's first interactive online resource examining Chinese investment in Australia, developed by KPMG and University of Sydney with the support of the Australia-China Council.  The launch was a part of the Australia Week in China held in Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Beijing this week.
The Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia website was developed by KPMG and University of Sydney Business School and China Studies Centre, with funding from the Australia-China Council. The online platform is based on the partnership's expanding business report series by the same name, authored by Doug Ferguson (Partner in Charge, Asia Business Group, KPMG Australia) and Professor Hans Hendrischke (University of Sydney Business School).

A funding grant from the Australia-China Council has enabled the reports' data to be better visualised and accessed, initially through the internet.  In the next stage of development, an app will be developed, providing a portable version of the animation independent of an internet connection.  The project is one of the new flagship initiatives of the Australia-China Council under its New Strategic Plan (2014-18), and is a direct contribution to the Government's Economic Diplomacy agenda.

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb giving a speech at the AWIC

New Strategic Directions for the Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council is pleased to release its new four-year Strategic Plan 2014-2018. The Plan — a result of extensive consultations and research — sets the directions for ACC grant-making, policy and advocacy activities for the next four years. It responds to the rapidly-growing bilateral relationship agenda and supports the Government's focus on academic and professional mobility and economic diplomacy.

The New Strategic Plan was endorsed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.

Australia-China Council Strategic Plan 2014–2018

Asian lanterns, by Toa55, courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Appointments to the Australia-China Council Board

16 December 2013

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced the appointment of Professor Sandra Harding and Mr Frank Tudor as members of the Australia-China Council Board.

Media release: Appointments to the Australia-China Council Board

The Governor-General opens Tu Di Shen Ti/ Our Land, Our Body exhibition in Tianjin Art Museum

16 October 2013

The Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, and Mr Michael Bryce AM AE attended the opening of the Warburton Arts Project's 'Tu Di Shen Ti / Our Land, Our Body' exhibition at the Tianjin Art Museum, in China on Wednesday, 16 October 2013. The event was also attended by Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to China.

The Governor-General is undertaking a State Visit to the People's Republic of China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, from Tuesday 15 to Wednesday 23 October.

The WA-based Warburton Arts Project's 'Tu Di Shen Ti/ Our Land, Our Body 2013-2014 Tour of China', is supported by the Australia-China Council and other major government and corporate sponsors. It is one of the most extensive showcases of the Australian indigenous art to be presented in China. The exhibition is being displayed across eight museums in China in 2013 and 2014.

The collection is presented in the context of an indigenous cultural space acknowledging Western Desert people and their world. Genealogies, narrative text, photographs taken by indigenous school children, a 20 channel digital immersive environmental soundscape, and data projected and multiple screen installations are important parts of the exhibition.

The finest artworks from the Warburton Collection are displayed in a powerful, communicative installation format to create significant inter-cultural occasions for Chinese and international visitors. Four art glass installations and eight large textiles have been added to the 2013 tour and it is supported by a new, fully translated colour catalogue and education program.

Photo gallery: The Governor-General opens Tu Di Shen Ti/ Our Land, Our Body exhibition at the Tianjin Art Museum

Her Excellency the Honorable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, and Director of the Warburton Arts Project ,Gary Proctor at the Tianjin Art Museum
Her Excellency the Honorable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, and Director of the Warburton Arts Project, Gary Proctor at the Tianjin Art Museum
Her Excellency the Honorable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, and Director of the Warburton Arts Project ,Gary Proctor at the Tianjin Art Museum
Group photo of attendees at the exhibition, including Ambassador Frances Adamson, Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Gary Proctor, Director of the Warburton Arts Project, Ren Xuefeng, Vice-Mayor of Tianjin,  ‎ Ian Bauert, Managing Director China at Rio Tinto

2013 Australia-China Youth Dialogue

6 September 2013

The fourth Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) will be held from 24 to 29 September in Canberra and Melbourne.  ACYD is a premier bilateral youth forum that brings together emerging Australian and Chinese leaders in a week-long exchange of ideas and perspectives on the broad range of bilateral interests.

The Australia-China Council continues to be a major founding partner of the Dialogue.

This year, the Dialogue will be addressed among many others by The Hon. Kim Beazley, Australian Ambassador to the United States, Professor The Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Secretary of the Department of Defence, Dennis Richardson AO, ACC Deputy Chair, Mr Kevin Hobgood-Brown, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese AO.

The theme of 2013 Dialogue is ‘Asia Dream’ through which the delegates will explore Australia’s political, economic, cultural and security relationship with China.

This year’s ACYD will also involve a creative partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) International.  During the Dialogue the delegates will visit the ABC Centre and develop their own Australia-China content to be shared on digital and mobile platforms with audiences in Australia and China.

China Country Strategy

27 August 2013

On 27 August, Prime Minister Rudd launched the Australia in the Asian Century China Country Strategy.

The Strategy outlines how Australia will build stronger and more comprehensive relationship with China across governments, economy and communities.

The Strategy draws on the views of Australians expressed during the nationwide consultations and in over 250 submissions, and it continues the national conversation to identify whole-of-Australia priorities for engagement with China.

The Australia-China Council (ACC) Board, involved in the development of the document, today endorsed the Strategy.

ACC Chair, the Hon Warwick Smith AM said:

"The Strategy is a new blueprint for strengthening Australia's network of partnerships with China across business, government and community sectors. It identifies significant opportunities for Australia to strengthen our existing links with China and explore new frontiers of engagement, for example in business relations, innovation, professional and academic mobility, China capabilities and artistic collaborations. ACC has been in the forefront of the bilateral engagement in these areas for 35 years. The Strategy will inform new priorities for the Council to enable Australian businesses, education and cultural organisations to get ahead and succeed in China".

Australia's China/China's Australia: Past, Present and Future

26 August 2013

Peking University and the Foundation for Australian Studies in China are delighted to announce the conference ‘Australia's China, China's Australia’, which will be held in Peking University on 21-22 September, 2013.

The conference will be opened by Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to China, and will address three key themes:  the nature of the strategic relationship with China, the purpose and politics of Asian engagement and what it might mean to be Asia and China literate.

The conference will be addressed by leading Australian and Chinese thinkers, including:  

  • Paul Kelly (Chair), Editor-at-Large, The Australian
  • Hugh White, Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University
  • Zha Daojiong, Professor of International Political Economy, School of
  • International Studies, Peking University
  • Kevin Hobgood-Brown, ACC Deputy Chair and Managing Director, Foundation for Australian Studies in China
  • Jin Canrong, Professor and Associate Dean, School of International Studies, Renmin University of China
  • Geraldine Doogue, Journalist and Presenter, Saturday Extra, ABC Radio

The conference is convened by Professor David Walker, inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University. 

Australia-China Council Grants 2013-14: Supporting Australia-China Partnerships

26 July 2013

The Australia-China Council (ACC) Board is pleased to announce the successful grant recipients for 2013-14. ACC awarded funding to 38 projects across Education and Science, Society and Culture and Economics and Trade priority themes

Official documentary for the 2012 Australia-China Youth Dialogue held in Beijing and Chengdu, China from 19-24 October 2012

9 May 2013

Education and Business Experts join the Australia-China Council Board

04 January 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the appointments of Professor Stephanie Fahey and Mr David Olsson as members of the Australia-China Council Board.

Professor Stephanie Fahey is currently a Lead Partner for Education in Oceania for Ernst and Young, and until recently was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) at Monash University. Mr Olsson is a senior partner in the Beijing office of international law firm King & Wood Mallesons. He is the current Chairman of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing (AustCham).

Professor Fahey and Mr Olsson join the Council Board at a time of rapidly expanding bilateral engagement between Australia and its largest trading partner across all sectors of economy and society. Professor Fahey and Mr Olsson bring to the Board an outstanding track-record in advancing Australia-China education and business ties and diverse range of skills and experience to effectively contribute to the work of the Council.

Media release: Australia-China Council

Biographies of the ACC board members

Launch of 'Beyond the Cables: Australian Ambassadors to China 1972-2012 Oral History Project'

12 December 2012

On 11 December 2012, The Australia-China Council and National Library of Australia officially launched 'Beyond the Cables: Australian Ambassadors to China 1972-2012' Oral History Project at the National Library.

The project is a joint initiative of the Council and the Library, which will produce extended 'whole-of-life' interviews with Australia's former and current Ambassadors to China.

The project is a part of the program to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of diplomatic relations with China.

40th Anniversary – Beyond the Cables: Australian Ambassadors 1972-2012 Oral History Project

Photo gallery – 'Beyond the Cables' Launch, 11 December 2012

Leading Australian Studies expert, Professor David Walker was appointed inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University

26 November 2012

Dr Craig Emerson, Minister for Trade and Competitiveness and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy and Senator the Hon Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research announced the appointment of Professor David Walker as inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University.

Ministers welcome BHP Billiton Chair appointment at Peking University

Former Ambassador Dr Stephen FitzGerald AO on Gough Whitlam's historic 1971 visit to China

Australia's first Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Dr Stephen FitzGerald AO has published anessay The Coup that Laid the Fear of China in which he provides a unique account of Whitlam's historic visit to China in 1971.

The paper is a part of the Whitlam Institute's project Gough Whitlam and the road to establishing formal relations with the People's Republic of China: the significance for contemporary Australian-Chinese relations supported by the Australia-China Council.

Read more about the paper The Coup that Laid the Fear of China

Australia-China Council is featured in the Australia-China Quarterly

The Australia-China Council’s submission to the Asian Century White Paper, Australian Studies Program and BHP Billiton Chair of Australia Studies initiative were featured in the 2dn edition of the Australia-China Quarterly Magazine published by the Australia-China Business Council.

The Council is strengthening its Education programs with the new focus on Asia literacy and development of new champions of the bilateral relationship.

See Australia-China Quarterly “Education: the tie that binds Australia and China”.

Successful grant recipients

The Australia-China Council is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2012-2013 competitive grants. Congratulations to all organisations and individuals who have been awarded funding.

Australia-China Council Delegation to China in July 2012

The delegation of the Australia-China Council successfully concluded a biannual visit to Chengdu and Beijing on 6-15 July 2012.

The delegation was led by ACC Chair, the Hon Warwick Smith AM and included ACC Deputy Chair, Mr Kevin Hobgood-Brown and Board member, Mr Chris Clark.

Australia-China Council Board Meeting June 2012

The Australia-China Council held a Board Meeting in Canberra on 22 June 2012. The Board discussed and agreed on the priorities of the Council for 2012-2013.

In the course of the meeting, ACC Board met with the Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP, Minister for Trade and Competitiveness and His Excellency Mr Chen Yuming, China's Ambassador to Australia.

ACC board
ACC Chair the Hon Warwick Smith AM, Deputy Chair Mr Kevin Hobgood-Brown, Board Members Professor Fiona Wood FRACS AM and Ms Suhanya Raffel with His Excellency Mr Chen Yuming, Ambassador to Australia at the Ambassador's Residency.