Last month a trilateral pact bringing together Australia, the US and the UK (AUKUS) was established, with its first major initiative being the roll-out of nuclear submarines in Australia. While the countries have maintained that the pact is not directed at any one country, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) likely features prominently in the partnership's thinking.
How does this change the strategic landscape and what are the big picture implications for Australia, especially within the context of its relationship with the PRC? Will it effectively enhance Australia’s defence capabilities? How has it been received in the region? How is it viewed by the PRC and what might Beijing’s response be?
The Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:ACRI) will host a webinar with Professor Allan Gyngell, National President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and former Director-General of the Office of National Assessments; Professor Caitlin Byrne, Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University; and Jingdong Yuan, UTS:ACRI Adjunct Associate Professor and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, moderated by Glenda Korporaal, UTS:ACRI Adjunct Industry Fellow and columnist for The Australian, to discuss these questions and more.