Dr Geoff Raby discussed the topic “Fear and Greed? Australia–China Relations” with panelists including Professor Nick Bisley, executive director of La Trobe Asia, and features Bob Carr, Linda Jakobson and Dr John Lee.
Australia has benefited enormously from the economic transformation of China. But it is also deeply concerned about the broader consequences of China’s return as a great power. Do fear and greed drive Australia’s relations with China? What forces should shape this most important relationship and how is it likely to evolve in the coming years?
Dr Raby was the Australian Ambassador to China from February 2007 to August 2011 and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) from November 2002 to November 2006. He has held a number of senior positions in DFAT, including First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001) and First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-1998). He was Australia’s APEC Ambassador from November 2002 to December 2004.
Today, Dr Geoff Raby is Chairman and CEO of Geoff Raby & Associates, a Beijing-based business advisory firm. In addition to his roles at Geoff Raby & Associates, Dr Raby is Executive Director of Riverstone Advisory, as well as an Independent non-Executive Director on the boards of Fortescue Mining Group, OceanaGold, and SmartTrans. He is also Co-Chair of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s China Business Group, Senior Advisor to Kreab Gavin Anderson and the President of QIC’s China Business.
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