New China studies head embraces unique bilateral relationship

14 August 2012

Australia's dealings with China have a "unique" immediacy, closeness and urgency, says the incoming Executive Director of the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre.

Dr Kerry Brown has just arrived from the United Kingdom, where he was Head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House, to lead the centre. He is excited to be working in a country where links with China are more direct than those in his homeland.

"In Europe, China is still viewed as a little remote," he says. "For Australia, China is much more immediate, making the policy challenges of engaging with it sharper and more demanding."

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