BRI Dialogues

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    In BRI Dialogues –D23 we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Yu Tao who dissected for us the 20th Party Congress in Beijing that took place this month, from big ticket announcements, of which Yu identified four, to many other initiatives that may have been missed in the fog of reporting by outside observers.

    We also discussed the ramifications of a potential decoupling between China and United States, the viability of continued Common Prosperity in such a tectonic shift. Yu highlighted the significance of recently announced GSI (Global Security Initiative), the ambitious contours of BRI (Belt Road Initiative) as China moves forward. We agreed that perhaps China’s has a more pliable approach through what it packages as 'Initiatives', thus retaining a degree of strategic ambiguity in its formulations. This is in sharp contrast to the US' protection of the International Rule Based Order approach which places the US at the heart of the international system.

    Yu so meticulously painted the importance and centricity of the Development Diplomacy in China’s global outreach, and how this policy is at core serves China’s two unwavering pillars of pride and prosperity at home and abroad.

    Bio: Dr Yu Tao is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia, where he coordinates Chinese Studies and teaches contemporary Chinese politics and society.

    Trained as a political sociologist in Peking, Cambridge, and Oxford, he investigates the historical and contemporary links between Chinese communities around the globe, focusing on the interactions between religious groups, civic organisations and local state agencies. His work aims to demonstrate that the subfields of Chinese Studies should no longer be divided along geographical boundaries.

    Before UWA, Dr Tao was a senior lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in England. He relocated to Western Australia in 2017 and currently co-leads the Chinese Western Australians project.

    Dr Tao is the China regional editor of Asian Studies Review, the flagship journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australia. He is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, and the Royal Asiatic Society. In addition to his academic publications in reputable English and Chinese journals, Dr Tao has published dozens of op-ed articles in newspapers, magazines, and online platforms.

    The BRI Dialogues provide support and insights for senior executives and decision-makers in both private and public sectors, on China and its BRI program of activities.

    Our overriding aim is to establish a clearer appreciation of how to ‘COPE’ regarding China. COPE in BRI Dialogues means how to deal with Complexities, to capitalise on Opportunities, to understand her return to Power, and brace for the impact of Externalities of China.

    So here is D23 (Dialogue 23). Sit back and get engaged in the conversation and share your thoughts, comments and insights. We are excited about this bi-monthly series of serious conversations and are grateful to you for giving up some of your valuable time to tune in.
    Period30 Oct 2022
    Event typeSeminar
    Degree of RecognitionInternational