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James Laurenceson
Dean of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.

Kerry Brown
Director of the China Institute at King's College London.

Ding Ding Chan
Dean of Haiguo Tuzhi Research Institute; Professor of International Relations at Jinan University.

Bates Gill
Dean of the School of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University.

Bec Strating
Executive Director, La Trobe University Asia Center

Since the end of World War II, the United States and its allies have made it their national interest to maintain and consolidate an international order based on liberal norms and values. In the past ten years, the growing strength of China and the relative decline of the United States have sparked heated debates in Western society on the nature and future destiny of the "rules-based international order". On the one hand, China's increasingly irreplaceable role in global economic development has made the West worry about whether China will change the rules of the game since World War II. On the other hand, Trump's unilateralism in recent years has made his allies suspicious of the sincerity shown by the United States in maintaining this order. At the same time, the "rules-based international order" remains an indispensable foundation for countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia to maintain their regional or global influence.

However, the "rules-based international order" is still a highly politically sensitive concept that lacks a unified standard. This conceptual ambiguity and political loopholes have led to doubts about whether there is a so-called "rules-based order" leading world politics. At the same time, this rule of the game is gradually losing its legitimacy due to the inconsistency between words and deeds of the main stakeholders of this order.

In this issue of China Talk, we start from this concept and discuss what is "rules-based international order"? Can this order accommodate people and countries from different cultural backgrounds? How does China view this concept, which originated in Western politics, today? What is China's unique view on the international order? Can it be practiced? At the same time, the event will bring this concept into current events, helping us understand the emergence of AUKUS, China's application to join the CPTPP, and the changing security landscape in the Indo-Pacific region.

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