Lecturer: Chen Hong
Time: 4:00-6:00p.m., December 20, 2018 (Thursday)
Venue: Multifunction Conference Hall, 4th Floor, East 7 Building, School of Foreign Languages and Cultures
Theme: The Indo-Pacific Strategy and China-Australia Relations
Brief Introduction to the Lecture:
The Indo-Pacific strategy was developed in the context of China’s rise in the Asia-Pacific region and across the world. It aims to extend the dialogue beyond the USA, Japan, Australia and India to incorporate more countries and regions that are said to share “common political values”. The Indo-Pacific strategy is not merely a continuation or reconstruction of Trump’s policy of “rebalancing the Asia-Pacific”; in fact, it is a long-term strategy which aims to counter the US’ bold attitude towards China. The Indo-Pacific strategy has been regarded by some observers as a scheme to besiege and contain China at a time when the relationship between China and Australia was going through a period of instability (in 2017). This lecture examines the evolution of the Indo-Pacific strategy, especially since Trump came to power, and attempts to analyze China’s current and future approaches to it.
Lecture: Chen Hong
Time: 2:00-3:30p.m., December 20, 2018 (Thursday)
Venue: Meeting Room, 5th Floor, East 7 Building, School of Foreign Languages and Cultures
Theme: Discipline Construction of School of Foreign Languages and Cultures
Chen Hong is a professor, PhD supervisor and an expert in international relations at ECNU (East China Normal University). He is the Director of the Department of English and the Department of Translation and Interpreting at ECNU, the Australia Research Centre, and the New Zealand Research Centre and is Executive Director of the Asia-pacific Research Centre. He is also the Vice-Chairman of China’s Australian Research Institute, an associate editor of ‘Australia Studies’, ‘Australian Cultural Studies’, and has edited books about China-Australia Relations and Studies of New Zealand. He specializes in Australian politics, Australia diplomacy, China-Australia relations, and the culture and literature of Australia. He is the author of several monographs, including Contemporary Australian Society and A Brief Introduction to Australian Culture, and has compiled and translated several books from English into Chinese. Professor Chen has also had over 20 academic papers published both in China and abroad. He publishes regular work about Asia-Pacific issues and China-Australia relations and has been interviewed by Chinese and foreign channels, including CCTV, Phoenix Chinese Channel/ Phoenix InfoNews Channel, CRI (China Radio International), Xinhua News Agency, China News Service, China Daily, Global Times, Jiefang Daily, Xinmin Evening News, television and radio of Australia Broadcast Company, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, and WION (India international television). In 2008, Mr. Chen’s monograph Australian Literary Criticism, published by the Shanghai Literature & Art Publishing House, won an academic research award from the Australian Government.