- Date Wed, 04 Mar 2020Time 17:30 – 19:00Location AIIA (ACT Branch)
Is China a rogue donor or investor? How and to what extent does China exert political and economic influence over some of the 'weakest' countries in developing Asia? Amid heated debates over the geopolitical implications of Chinese money in the Asia-Pacific region, determining whether China has succeeded in leveraging its economic resources to effect desired political outcomes in host countries is invariably challenging. Surveying Chinese-backed investment projects across Southeast Asia's infrastructure and resource sectors, this talk will discuss why Chinese influence in the region might not be as expansive or penetrating as popularly depicted.
Speaker: Dr Pichamon Yeophantong is an Australian Research Council Fellow and Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Development, University of New South Wales (Canberra) at the Australian Defence Force Academy. She is also the Director of the Responsible Business Lab. With expertise on China and Southeast Asia, she currently leads three multi-year projects, including one...More >
- Date Thu, 19 Mar 2020Time 18:30 – 22:00Location The Boat House
It is a great privilege to have as our guest of honour and speaker, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. His Excellency will speak on Australia's role in the Asia-Pacific region. The Dinner will be the first opportunity for the Governor-General, in his role as Patron of the AIIA, to address a gathering of the AIIA. His Excellency will be accompanied by Mrs Hurley.
David Hurley joined the Australian Army in January 1972. He had a long and distinguished military career serving at home and abroad including in Somalia in 1993 where, as Commander of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, he received the Distinguished Service Cross. Having served in some of the most senior positions in the...More >