Trumping trade: Understanding the Australia-US economic relationship



4 April 2017


Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 8-12 Chifley Square, Sydney


Launch event

The United States is Australia’s largest investment partner, its second largest two-way trade partner and a key technology partner. While China is Australia’s largest trade partner in terms of exports and imports, the United States is Australia’s leading economic partner across a number of areas and there is a high degree of integration of the Australian and US economies.

In a new report from the Perth USAsia Centre, Trumping Trade: Understanding the Australia-United States Economic Relationship, author Ian Satchwell together with Gordon Flake and the Hon Kim Beazley AC have brought together data and analysis of our trade and economic relationship.

Kim Beazley AC, Robert Regan, Maureen Dougherty and Gordon Flake
Kim Beazley AC, Robert Regan, Maureen Dougherty and Gordon Flake


  • The Honourable Kim Beazley, AC
    Member of the Council of Advisors, United States Studies Centre

    The Honourable Kim Beazley AC is a member of the US Studies Centre Council of Advisors. Mr Beazley was Ambassador to the United States of America from February 2010 to January 2016. Upon returning to Australia he has been appointed as President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, Co-Chairman of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and Distinguished Fellow at both the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Perth USAsia Centre. In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia.

  • Professor Gordon Flake
    Professor Gordon Flake
    Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre

    L. Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, a position he assumed in January 2014. He was previously Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and prior to that Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America.

  • Ian Satchwell
    Senior Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre

    Ian Satchwell is a Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre and has three decades of experience in policies relating to minerals, energy, trade and development at national and international levels.