30th Annual Conference of the Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA)

July 15 2018


The Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney, with support from the Australian National University's China Update, will host the 30th Annual Conference of the Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA) in 2018.

The theme of the conference is 'China’s economy in Xi Jinping’s "New Era"’. 

Dates: July 15-17 2018

Click here to download the conference flyer.


This decade has been a seminal one for China’s economy. Consistently accounting for around one-third of global growth, China overtook the United States as the world’s largest economy in PPP terms in 2014. Many commentators expect that it will eclipse the scale of the United States at market exchange rates before 2030. The globalisation of its economy has also greatly expanded. In 2013 it became the world’s largest trading nation, while in 2016 it exported more capital than any other country apart from the United States.

At the recent 19th Party Congress in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping made clear that he had no intention of letting China’s economic emergence stall now. While quantitative growth targets were downplayed compared with in the past, Xi’s ‘New Era’ sees China smashing through the “middle income trap”. There is now an obsessive focus on innovation and industrial upgrading in domestic economic policy. And China’s economic diplomacy has also ramped up, as demonstrated by the establishment of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank in 2015, and potentially far more significantly, the unfolding Belt and Road Initiative. A richer China has the potential to increase its demand for overseas goods and services, supply more capital to developing countries that are desperately in need of it, as well as provide greater global public goods.

At the same time, none of this is guaranteed. There is the challenge of rising debt levels. China’s economy under Xi also appears to have re-emphasised the role of the state and many economists wonder whether this is consistent with the ongoing improvements in productivity that will be needed if living standards are to continue to rise. Across the Pacific, China’s economy faces a threat not simply from President Trump’s “America first” mantra. The willingness of the United States to take a harder line on China’s economic policies, such as its relative lack of openness to foreign investment and the fairness of the playing field on which its firms compete, now appears to have bipartisan political support. And while the Belt and Road might generally be welcomed overseas as a concept, the challenges of rolling it out in way that is transparent, with high governance standards, and that generates strong local development outcomes are immense. 

This conference invites papers that address any of the above issues, as well as others related to China’s economy. Interdisciplinary contributions are also welcomed.  


CESA plans to select a group of high quality papers presented at the conference for special issues at journals such as China & World Economy (Guest Editor: Prof ZHANG Zhongxiang) and others. Papers submitted for consideration in special issues will still need to go through the regular review process. Details about these publication opportunities will be provided in due course.

Conference information

Further conference information can be found at the CESA website, http://www.ces-aus.org/.


Dr Xunpeng Shi, Principal Research Fellow

Australia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney
Email: xunpeng.shi@uts.edu.au
Tel: +61 2 91432000

Event Information
July 15 2018
The University of Technology Sydney
Ultimo NSW 2007