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The University of Sydney China Development Forum 2019


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China at a Turning Point?

The concept of ‘New Era’ has prevailed in Chinese society since the emphasis placed on by President Xi Jinping. This expression indicates the promise of state leaders to propel the country into a new stage. Informed by this fashionable term, we propose ‘a Turning Point?’ as the theme of this year, as we believe this theme can objectively cover the scope of opportunities and challenges that China faces.

China Development Forum aims to depict a unique portrait of contemporary China - its economy and business, society and popular culture, international relations, as well as technology and innovation – analyzed through the eyes of academics, business and industrial professionals. From the hopes and fears on issues in global governance with Chinese characteristic to the Chinese dominance in science and innovative technologies, we hope that hearing from some of the foremost China observers’ views could help us to map out China’s existing position and prospects.






















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Acknowledgement and Opening Speech

Keynote Speech 01

Keynote Speech 02

Lunch and Networking

Panel Discussion: Soft Power 

Panel Discussion: Global Governance 

Tea Break and Networking

Panel Discussion: Technology and Innovation

Closing Ceromony

Global Governance: With Chinese Characteristics?

One significant function of the great powers in international society is to contribute to international order through exploiting their preponderance in such a way as to impart a degree of central direction to the affairs of international society as a whole.”. Fast-forward to 2016, President Xi Jinping claimed that China, as a “responsible great power” cannot be absent from global governance, because the world needs China’s plan. Meanwhile, Chinese official rhetoric has consistently stressed on the idea of great power diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. This section of the forum pays a particular focus on Chinese approach to global governance. Distinguished speakers will deliver a discussion on their understanding of the Chinese characteristics, and examine on how China provides government-like service and public goods through unilaterally exploiting its regional and global preponderance, agreeing to respect other’s sphere of influence and cooperate with other states and organizations at regional and global level.

Speaker information


Bob Carr

  • Longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history (1995-2005)

  • Foreign Minister of Australia (2012-2013)

  • Pioneered private provision of public infrastructure, lifted public works spending to a record high, increased school literacy standards and declared 350 new national parks.

  • Author of Thoughtlines (2002), What Australia Means to Me (2003), My Reading Life (2008) Diary of a Foreign Minister (2014) and Run for Your Life (2018)

  • Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute

  • Recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship

  • Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue


Chris Hamer

  • World Citizens Association of Australia

  • Scientists for Global Responsibility (Australia)     

  • Honorary Associate Professor in theoretical physics at the University of New South Wales

  • Founder of the World Citizens Association of Australia

  • President of Scientists for Global Responsibility (Australia)

  • He has long been interested in the problem of eliminating nuclear weapons, and in the ideal of democratic world federation as the only effective means to resolve this and other pressing global problems such as climate change.

  • He has previously written a book on the subject, entitled “A Global Parliament: Principles of World Federation”.


Dacheng Tao

  • Professor of Computer Science at The University of Sydney; fellow of Australian Academy of Science;

  • A Chinese scholar receiving the 2015 Australian Scopus-Eureka Prize;

  • More than 500 publications in prestigious journals and prominent conferences.


Prof. Yonghui Li

  • Fellow of IEEE, Professor and Director of Wireless Engineering Laboratory, in School of Electrical and Information Engineering, the University of Sydney.

  • The recipient of the prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 2008 and ARC Future Fellowship in 2012


Jocelyn Chey

  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (FAIIA)

  • Visiting Professor USYD and a consultant on Australia-China relations.

  • Founding Director of Australia-China Institute for arts and culture

  • Consul-General in Hong Kong (1992-1995)

  • Key administrative officer in the Australia-China Council

  • current research fields include Chinese humour, and soft power and cultural diplomacy of Mainland China, Taiwan and Australia.


Jason Yat-sen Li

  • Chairman of investment group Vantage Asia

  • Managing Director of corporate advisory firm YSA.   

  • Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate (non-executive Director)

  • Sydney Committee for the Australian Chamber Orchestra

  • Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on China. 


Heng Wang

  • Associate professor and co-director of Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law Centre, UNSW;

  • Research into China and globalization, trade and investment law, the Belt and Road Initiative, and central bank digital currency (CBDC);

  • Executive council member of three Chinese societies of international economic law.


Yingjie Guo

  • Professor of Chinese Studies in the Department of Chinese Studies, FASS, the University of Sydney.

  • Teaching: Understanding Contemporary China and Chinese Cinema.

  • Current research field in nationalism and discourses of class in contemporary China.

  • Recent publications include Handbook of Class and Social Stratification in China and Local Elites in Post-Mao China.


Bonnie S McDougall

  • Fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2015-

  • Visiting Professor USYD and City University of Hong Kong, Member of CSC at USYD

  • Fellow of Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2009–

  • The founding professor of Chinese at the University of Edinburgh

  • Fellow of Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Translator at the Foreign Languages Press in the 1980s

  • Publication and translation of dozens of books on Chinese languages, culture and literature.


Dr. Eugene Dubossarsky

  • Principal founder of Data Science Sydney and the Sydney Users of R Forum.

  • The CEO of Presciient, providing quality data science training to hundreds in Australia and overseas over the last 5 years, and now offering courses in quantum computing.

  • Chief Data Scientist of AlphaZetta and Founding partner of Advantage Data.

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