Waking Tasmania from its China Dream


Hosted by the Asia Institute Tasmania, this presentation will suggest that it is time to move on from the language of the “Asian Century” and Tasmania’s own China Dream.

Start Date

13th Jun 2017 5:30pm

End Date

13th Jun 2017 7:00pm


Harvard Lecture Room 1, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay campus

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presented by

Mark Harrison

Dr Mark Harrison

University of Tasmania

This presentation will examine China’s politics in 2017 in the lead up to the 19th National Party Congress. President Xi Jinping has consolidated power around himself since assuming office through the anti-corruption campaign, party reform and huge projects like the newly-proposed Xiong’an New Area. The 19th Party Congress will signal China’s direction under his leadership, and the ways Xi’s presidency will shape China, and Australia, through the next decade. 

The national and local conversation about China has changed since the collapse of commodity prices and the slow-down in China’s economy after 2014. The presentation will examine how understanding its hard contemporary politics is essential to engaging with China. It will suggest that it is time to move on from the language of the “Asian Century” and Tasmania’s own China Dream, and develop a robust and realistic understanding of China that will create the foundations of a stronger relationship.

About Mark Harrison

Dr Mark Harrison is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Tasmania in the Politics and International Relations Program in the School of Social Sciences. He is also an Adjunct Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University. He teaches units on politics and international relations as well as units on China.

Presented in partnership with the Asia Institute Tasmania and the Australia China Business Council (Tasmania).

Australia China Business Council