On April 16, Australian Centre on China in the World launched the China Story Yearbook: China Dreams through a webinar hosted by the Asia Society. In the webinar, Asia Society’s Richard Maude, Yearbook editor Jane Golley, and chapter authors Louisa Lim and Darren Lim discuss some of the many dreams, illusions, aspirations and nightmares that co-existed (and clashed) in 2019 in China and beyond.
After Jane introduces the book’s key themes, Louisa discusses connections between the Hong Kong protests in 2019 and the Party’s ‘Tiananmen Playbook’ from 1989. Darren explains the ‘technology security dilemma’ and why it is resulting in the ‘conscious decoupling’ of the United States and China, and Jane focuses on the challenges facing the Australian university sector in this context. The conversation also reflect on how COVID-19 has altered these significant China stories, in ways that none of us could have imagined in 2019.
We hope you enjoy it, and look forward to hearing your feedback.