The Asia Institute and the new Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies bring together three experts on China to discuss if China has reached its turning point.
Professor Christine Wong is an international authority on China’s public finance and private sector reform. She was Professor of Chinese Public Finance and Director of Chinese Studies at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford. She has also held senior staff positions at the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, and she has also worked extensively in advisory capacities for the OECD and through consultancies for the IMF, UNDP, UNICEF, and DFID.
Mr Murray McLean (AO) is Australia’s former Ambassador to Japan (2004-2011) and current Chair of the Australia Japan Foundation. He has held a number of senior positions in China, both in Beijing and Shanghai, the USA and Singapore (where he was High Commissioner). He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the advancement of Australia’s diplomatic, trade and cultural relationships in Asia.
Professor Ross Garnaut (AO) is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne. Professor Garnaut is the author of numerous books, monographs and articles in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. He was the Senior Economic Adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke from 1983 to 1985 and subsequently served as the Australian Ambassador to China (1985 to 1988).