Strategic competition between the United States and China, Australia’s most important ally and largest trading partner respectively, means Australia must maintain a delicate balancing act. China has recently begun removing restrictions on Australian imports in signs of improved bilateral relations, even as it threatens economic coercion in other areas of the region. With an uncertain global economic outlook and rising tensions across the Indo-Pacific, questions of how Australia should engage with China's economy have never been more important.

How should Australia balance relations with its largest trading partner, and its most important ally? What is the outlook for economic disruption in China and spillovers to the Indo-Pacific region? How can Australia best navigate economic relations with China in the age of strategic competition? 

To discuss these questions, the United States Studies Centre hosted a discussion with Rhodium Group founding partner and USSC Visiting Fellow, Daniel Rosen in conversation with USSC Economic Security Program Director, Hayley Channer.

Daniel Rosen is a former White House staffer on the National Economic Council and National Security Council, Daniel is an internationally recognised expert on China’s economy and global interactions in an age of strategic competition, and a trusted adviser to corporations, investors and policymakers. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a board member of the National Committee on US-China Relations.