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Event Recap - Round Table with the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)

21 July 2017

On 21 July, representatives from ACBC Victoria met with a small delegation from the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) at International Chamber House. The CIIS is the thinktank of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It conducts research and analysis on a wide range of foreign policy issues, and the research findings of CIIS are presented in reports to the China’s foreign policy makers and intuitions.

In attendance were Dr Su Ge, President and Senior Research Fellow at CIIS; Mr Huang Guobin, Deputy Consul General, Chinese Consulate in Melbourne; Dr Liu Qing, Director, Department for Asia-Pacific Security and Cooperation Studies, CIIS; Dr Sun Wenzhu, Assistant Research Fellow, Department for Asia-Pacific Security and Cooperation Studies, CIIS; among others.

ACBC Victoria representatives included Mr Charles Curwen CVO OBE LLD, Vice President, ACBC Victoria; Mr David Olsson, China Practice Consultant, King & Wood Mallesons and Chair of ACBC Victoria’s Financial and Investment Services Working Group; Ms Virginia Birrell, CEO, ACBC Victoria; as well as representatives from DFAT, the State Government of Victoria, and the Australia-China Belt & Road Initiative.

The delegates were visiting to deepen their connection with ACBC Victoria and to create a platform for further engagement, cooperation and understanding. They emphasised the complimentary nature of our bilateral trade and investment relationship, and highlighted areas of further development such as the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as strengthening government to government relations, infrastructure, finance and people to people connections.

Additional topics discussed included RMB clearing, digital currencies and financial market connectivity.

The meeting concluded with an agreement to look at collaboration opportunities and ACBC Victoria affirming our support of the trade initiatives agenda.