China’s role and development as a foreign aid donor
— Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide hosted second China Briefing of 2014

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide [Time]    2014-07-07 14:55:56 

ADELAIDE, May 27--The Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide hosted the second China Briefing of 2014 at the Union House of the University of Adelaide.

The theme of this forum is “China’s role and development as a foreign aid donor”. The forum started with the opening remarks by Prof. Gao Mobo, director of the Confucius Institute. The talks were hosted by Prof. Andrew Rosser from the Anthropology & Development Studies at University of Adelaide. Three distinguished experts in relevant fields were invited to the forum, Dr. Philippa Brant, Dr. Lai-Ha Chan and Dr. Czes Tubilewicz, who explored China’s foreign aid from three different perspectives.

Director Gao Mobo delivering the opening remarks

Dr. Philippa Brant from the Lowy Institute for International Policy first gave a brief overview of China’s foreign aid and then focused on explaining the development and co-operation of Chinese government’s foreign aid in the Pacific region, especially the southern Pacific region. Dr. Lai-Ha Chan from the Centre for Social & Cultural Change in China Investment at the University of Technology in Sydney used Chinese government’s aid to Africa as a case to illustrate the size, scope and significance of the foreign aid to Africa by the Chinese government. Furthermore, he compared the similarities and differences between China and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in their foreign assistance and pointed out that they both developed under the mutual influence in this new era. Dr. Czes Tubilewice from School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide analyzed the development and changes in China’s foreign aid by using the cases in both mainland China and Taiwan.

Dr. Czes Tubilewice delivering his talk

In the discussion session, the audience showed great enthusiasm in interacting with the three speakers in a vigorous atmosphere. After the forum, the audience highly praised this event and agreed that the China-Australian relations are of great importance and such forums will benefit both sides in strengthening their mutual understanding.

Enthusiastic interaction between the speakers and the audience

This forum was hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide and received support from the South Australian Chapter of the Hong Kong Australian Business Association (HKABA), the Ernst & Young and the Santos. This event also received public attention from various sectors and attracted local entrepreneurs and around 100 scholars and students in relevant fields. The China Briefing is a brand event quarterly held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide. This one is the second in the year of 2014. In each forum, the Confucius Institute invites experts from various fields all over the world to share their views on the economy, politics, and culture in modern China and hot issues of public concern in southern Australia. With the aim of promoting a better understanding of China by the people in southern Australia, this forum is open to the public and has already achieved some considerable influence in southern Australia.