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Australia in the World this Week

25 Oct 2018
By Allan Gyngell AO FAIIA and Dr Darren Lim
Credit: Hudson Institute

This episode examines the implications of Mike Pence’s recent speech on US-China relations and reflects on highlights of the 2018 AIIA National Conference.

Allan and Darren devote the bulk of this episode to Sino-US relations in the context of Vice President Mike Pence’s speech at the Hudson Institute. They discuss the primary audience for the speech and the significance of the fact that it was Pence, and not Donald Trump, who delivered it. Darren asks Allan to evaluate the “bet” the West made in the 1990s and early 2000s to try to integrate China into the US-led international order, Allan discusses the risks of trying to “other” China, and the two discuss alternative views inside China itself on how to interpret Pence’s speech. Finally, they analyse the speech through an Australian lens, in light Australia’s longstanding interest in keeping the US engaged in the region.

Allan then offers some reflections arising out of the 2018 AIIA National Conference held on Monday 15 October, noting the excellent speeches by keynote speakers and the liveliness of the debate about Australia in the world.

Allan Gyngell AO FAIIA is National President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and an Honorary Professor at the ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific.

Dr Darren Lim is a Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. 

Allan and Darren would like to thank the people who helped make this possible, in particular: AIIA interns Stephanie Rowell (research assistant) and Mani Bovell (audio engineer); Martyn Pearce and Maya Bhandari of the Crawford School for technical support; Rory Stenning for composing the theme music; and AIIA National Executive Director Melissa Conley Tyler for her hard work behind the scenes to help make this happen.