Roundtable with Dr Benjamin Herscovitch: Australia-China relations

Wednesday 12 June 2024

On Wednesday 12 June 2024, the Perth USAsia Centre held a roundtable discussion with Dr Benjamin Herscovitch, Research Fellow from the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University.

Navigating Australia’s relationship with China has never been more complex. It remains a vital trading partner and is critical to global supply chains. At the same time, its assertive behaviour in the Indo-Pacific, including in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait, is fuelling fears of a conflict in Australia’s near neighbourhood.

With the upcoming visit of Chinese Premier Li – the first since 2017 – the state of the relationship is perhaps at its most critical.

As one of Australia’s leading China analysts, Dr Herscovitch joined us to unpick this complicated bilateral relationship, postulate its outlook, and discuss the state of China today.

This session was made possible thanks to support from the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.


Dr Benjamin Herscovitch is a Research Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University (ANU).

His primary areas of research are Australia–China relations and China’s statecraft. He is the author of Beijing to Canberra and Back, a fortnightly newsletter chronicling Australia–China relations.

Prior to joining the ANU, he was an analyst and policy officer in the Department of Defence, specialising in China’s external policy and Australia’s defence diplomacy. He was previously a researcher for Beijing-based think tanks and consultancies.

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