Convergence and divergence: the paradox of US-China relations

Dr. Bates Gill

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Coral Bell School Public Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 26 November 2015


Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU


Dr. Bates Gill, Visiting Professor, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney


Kerrie Hogan
02 6125 2167
The US-China relationship - arguably the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world - is defined by an abiding paradox: while the two countries have never been so interdependent nor shared as many global interests, they are also increasingly at odds with one another across a range of international and regional issues.  Drawing from his ongoing book research and two visits to China over the past month, Dr. Gill will examine the positive and negative aspects of this complex relationship, explain why it is likely to get more contentious in the coming years, and discuss what this means for America's future role in Asia.


Dr. Bates Gill is Visiting Professor at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.  He was Chief Executive Officer of the Centre from October 2012 to November 2015. Prior to this role, he was Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) from 2007 to 2012 and previously led Asia- and China-focused public policy research programs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.  A career-long expert on China and US-Asia relations, he has lived and worked in China for more than two years and made more than 50 other visits there, including to 20 provinces.  
Among his professional affiliations, Dr Gill serves on the boards of China Matters (Sydney) and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore) and is a member of the International Board of Advisors of the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London), and is an Associate Fellow with the Americas Program of Chatham House (London).
He has authored and edited seven books and over 150 other publications. Dr. Gill received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.  In recognition of his accomplishments, he was inducted in to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2007.  In 2013 he was honored with the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed upon foreign nationals by the Swedish monarch, for his contributions to Swedish interests.
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