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America's China choice and the implications for Australia

In 2010 Professor Hugh White released a Quarterly Essay titled ‘Power Shift’, creating overnight a new debate about China’s rise and Australia’s role in the coming century. This essay continues to shape the debate in both Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Now in 2012, Professor White again seeks to force Australians and Americans to think seriously about their place in the world with the release of his new book 'The China Choice: Why America should share power'.

With typical clarity, insight and vast experience, Professor White will present an outline of his new book, examining how the rise of China presents a stark choice for America. He argues the US over the coming decades can either cede Asia to China, try and confront and contain China or, try and find a way to share power with China, so as to avoid a potentially catastrophic war. How America responds, White argues, might be its most important choice this century.

For Australia, these choices present difficult challenges at home. How America chooses will shape Australia’s defence policies, alliances, economy and regional relationships. To help explain these challenges, Professor White draws from his experience as a former Deputy Secretary of the Australian Defence Department and Professor of Strategic Studies at ANU. He has served as an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments, as a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, as a senior adviser on the staffs of Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and as the first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

Presented by the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.

Refreshments served from 7.00-7.30pm


Speaker/Host: Professor Hugh White, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Venue: Common Room, University House, Balmain Crescent, ANU
Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Enquiries: Olivia Cable on 02 6197 0015

Professor Hugh White. Photo by Darren Boyd.
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