As Australia’s prosperity becomes more closely tied into China with values so different from ours, the question of our responsibilities and opportunities looms large. Do we think enough about what we have got ourselves into?

Social Policy Connections featured Dr Thomas Bartlett and Dr Paul Rule discussing implications of Australia’s close economic ties with China on Wednesday 23 May 2010 in the Study Centre of Yarra Theological Union.

Thomas Bartlett and Paul Rule have been teaching and researching about China in universities in Australia and the United States as well as visiting and living in China through the changes from the Cultural Revolution to the present economic dominance. Both have recently retired from teaching Chinese history at La Trobe University but remain active in research and publications on China. Thomas mainly writes about Qing dynasty history but also has a strong interest in current events in China. Paul specialises in the study of Chinese religion past and present. Please click HERE listen to the discussion.

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