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US-Australian Dialogue: Partners in the Asia-Pacific
The economic rise of the Asia-Pacific is a defining feature of the 21st century. The pace of the political and economic ascent of the region is unparalleled and comes at a time when global partnerships have never been more important. By 2025, Asia will not only be the world’s largest producer of goods and services, it will also be home to the majority of the world’s middle class. These developments have profound implications – history teaches us that as economic weight shifts, so does strategic weight.
Companies and organizations on the US Pacific Coast are already aware of this transformation and have long been looking west for new opportunities. Given its geographic location, Australia is well connected to Asia-Pacific markets. This has resulted in a well-educated, diverse population base and corporate culture that is Asian-literate. Australia is also the ideal destination for US companies wanting to tap into the region. Australia’s stable economy, democratic traditions and strong rule of law make it the perfect gateway to the Asia-Pacific.
Beyond tangible economic benefits for Australia and the US, there are many important reasons for building stronger, more stable relationships across the region. As the US’s closest ally, Australia is working in partnership to lay the foundations of peace and security in the Asia-Pacific. This will ensure a prosperous and thriving region for all.
Topics for Discussion Include:
· The US and Australia Alliance in the Asia-Pacific
· Growing Trade through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
· The US, China and Australia – Political and Strategic Issues
· Business Opportunities and Challenges of an Expanding Asian Middle Class
Confirmed Speakers Include:
· Terry McCarthy, President and CEO, LA World Affairs Council
· C.L. Max Nikias, USC President
· Karen Lanyon, Australian Consul-General, Los Angeles
· Geoffrey Wiseman, Professor of International Relations, USC
· Kim Beazley, Australian Ambassador to the United States
· Jeff Bleich, former US Ambassador to Australia
· Michael Thawley, Senior Vice President, Capital Research and Management Company; former Australian Ambassador to the US
· Mickey Kantor, former US Secretary of Commerce; former United States Trade Representative
· Jin Canrong, Associate Dean, School of International Studies, Renmin University China
· Dan Lynch, Associate Professor of International Relations, USC
· Robert Hill, former Australian Defence Minister; former Australian Ambassador to the United Nations
· Isaac Stone Fish, Associate Editor, Foreign Policy
· Lisa Scaffidi, Lord Mayor of Perth