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The State of the Bilateral Relationship in 2019

Despite the growing engagement between Australian and Chinese tourism, education, investment and trade, 2018 was a challenging year for the bilateral relationship, particularly at the government to government level.

On this episode we speak with Linda Jakobson – Founding Director and CEO of China Matters to help make sense of the evolving Australia-China landscape. We look at the prospects for the bilateral relationship in 2019, what Australia’s new China narrative should look like, the trade war, Belt and Road, Australia’s current level of China literacy and which country Linda believes is best-practice in managing its China relationship.

Linda Jakobson has been a student of Chinese politics and China’s foreign and security policy for the past three decades. Her China-related career includes posts as a teacher, a lecturer a foreign correspondent a visiting professor and senior researcher and program director A Finn by nationality she has served as a policy advisor on China-related issues to the president, prime minister, or foreign minister in seven different countries.

In 2017 Linda was invited to join the board of the new Diplomatic Academy of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Before moving to Sydney in 2011 Linda lived and worked in China for 22 years. A Mandarin speaker, she is the author, co-author or co-editor of several publications including her most recent book, written with Dr Bates Gill, entitled China Matters: Getting It Right For Australia Her current research focuses on Australia-China ties and China’s foreign and security policy.