Australia's strategic hedging in the Indo-Pacific: A 'third way' beyond either China or the US
July 08 2019
The Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:ACRI) held a lunchtime seminar to discuss UTS:ACRI’s recently released report, ‘Australia’s strategic hedging in the Indo-Pacific: A ‘third way’ beyond either China or the US’, authored by Dr Lai-Ha Chan, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS.
Dr Chan’s report makes the case that as a middle power, Australia should use ‘strategic hedging’, a combination of engagement and indirect/soft balancing strategy, to insure itself against the potential of China’s regional domination amid uncertainty about US strategic commitment to the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Chan provided an overview of the key points in her report for UTS:ACRI and participated in a Q&A session with the audience.
A copy of the report is available here.
A light lunch was provided.
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
About the author:
Lai-Ha Chan (Ph.D. in International and Asian Studies, Griffith University, Australia) is a Senior Lecturer in the Social and Political Sciences Program, School of Communication, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Lai-Ha was a Fung Global Fellow in the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University, New Jersey, United States in the academic year 2016-2017. Since 2016, she has been an External Associate of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalism, the University of Warwick, UK. She is the sole author of China Engages Global Health Governance: Responsible Stakeholder or System-Transformer? (2011), and a co-author of China’s Engages Global Governance: A New World Order in the Making? (2012).