Australia in the World Public Lecture: Future of the Chinese Economy

Australia in the World Public Lecture

Future of the Chinese Economy


- Professor Wang Depei, Chief Economist, Forecast Thinktank
- Professor Ross Garnaut AO, Professorial Research Fellow in Economics, University of Melbourne

Date: Wednesday 26 October, 2016
Time: 6.15pm for 6.30pm start to 8.00pm
Venue: Copland Theatre, Basement Level, 198 Berkeley Street, University of Melbourne

China has been Australia’s biggest trading partner since late 2007. The economy is experiencing a significant transformation with economic growth slowing down to a predicted 6.2% by 2017 from double digit levels. However, the urban middle class is expected to reach 1 billion, accounting for 70% of its population by 2030 driving massive consumer demand. As the Chinese economy becomes more innovation and consumption driven, what complementarities could Australia and China offer each other? What do these trends mean and what prospects are there for Australia?

At this public lecture, Professor Wang Depei, Chief Economist from Forecast Thinktank in Shanghai will walk you through the complexity of the Chinese economy and the significance for both Australia and China. Professor Ross Garnaut AO will provide an Australian perspective on the future of the Chinese economy and share his insights on how to capture the economic potential of this important relationship.

Professor Wang Depei is the Chief Economist at Forecast Thinktank in Shanghai and Vice President of the China Society of Economic Reform. He is a Senior Consultant for local governments, large enterprises and over one thousand industry and government projects. Professor Wang’s major works include: China Economy 2016, The Future of RMB, The 4th "Finance Big Bang“ , Rebalance - the Chinese Ascendancy and the American Power. Please click here to read full bio.

Professor Ross Garnaut AO is Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne. His career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Professor Garnaut has held senior roles in universities, business, government and other Australian and international institutions. He was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 1985-88 and led the development of Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendency report in 1989. He is a founding Director of both the Lowy Institute of International Policy and of Asialink. Please click here to read full bio.

Registration: CLICK HERE
Registrations close Monday 24 October, 2016.

For further information please contact Maeve Wood, or +61 3 9035 8527.

This event is a joint collaboration between Asialink, Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne and Asialink Business.