24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Bates Gill

Bates Gill is Professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University. He is an internationally recognised China expert with 25 years’ experience as a scholar and policy adviser. Dr Gill has authored seven books and more than 100 other China-related publications, including Rising Star and China: The Balance Sheet.


Canberra Writers Festival events

China Matters: in conversation

Described as "simply the best all-round guide for how Australians must learn to live with China’s power", China Matters examines China’s unique dynamism and contradictions - ranging from business ties to the growing influence of the Chinese Government in Australia.

Sunday 27th August 2017, 1:30pm. University House, Australian National University.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the book

China Matters is coauthored by Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson.

Australia and China face a new era, but are we ready?

The book discusses how Australia’s prosperity and security are linked to China as never before. But what kind of a country is China becoming? Will its demand for Australian goods and services increase? Can the Communist Party continue to keep the middle class satisfied while cracking down on political freedoms? How will China use its economic and military might, especially if challenged by President Trump?

China Matters is a concise overview of China today, and the implications for Australia. Written by Australia-based, internationally renowned China-watchers Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson, it examines the country’s unique dynamism and contradictions. It delves into everything from business ties to the growing influence of the Chinese government in Australia. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand China’s complexities and how Australia should respond to secure our future.

China Matters is published by Black Inc.

Buy this book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

China has turned on its charm on Australia, but it won't last forever, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 2017.

Donald Trump's big Syria disaster was a much-needed diversion for a summit with no strategy, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 2017.

Australia must reshape links with China, The Australian, April 2017.

'China Matters' by Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson book extract, Daily Review, April 2017.

Interview: Dr Bates Gill, CEO of the US Studies Centre, Lateline, October 2015.



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