China, Japan, and the United States: The View from the Outback


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When: Sep 10 2013 - 12:00pm until Sep 10 2013 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC. Sixth Floor Conference Room

China, Japan, and the United States: The View from the Outback

An Asia-Pacific Democracy and Human Rights Seminar featuring:

Ambassador (Ret.) Rawdon Dalrymple

Australia’s Former Ambassador to Israel, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States of America

Australia's former ambassador to Israel, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States, Rawdon Dalrymple, drew on his extensive experience to explain the possible impacts of the recent national elections, and the role of regional relations on Australia's domestic and foreign policy in his talk at the East-West Center in Washington.

In the background of Australia’s September 7th national election, is the question of how China's rise and America's response will affect the country’s future. China is already Australia’s biggest trading partner, hungry for the country’s natural resources. Lack of funding and indecision, however, have left Australia dependent on its alliance partner, the United States, for defense. Meanwhile, Japan’s economic might and expanding military potential bring new considerations to the region.

In his post-election seminar, Retired Ambassador Rawdon Dalrymple began by discussing the swing to the Liberal National Party at the polls, and describing some of the new officials that may appear in Australian foreign affairs. Drawing on his extensive foriegn policy expereince, he speculated that any new government policies will have to continue to take into account  the impact and importance recent changes in the Asia Pacific on Australia. He pointed to India supplanting the UK as the largest source of immigrants, China as the largest buyer of Australian exports, and a deepening security relationship with the United States.

In terms of Australia's outlook toward these changes, Ambassador Dalrymple highlighted recent polling data that suggests that Australians appear sanguine about their foreign relations. 87 percent of think it will be possible to have a good relationship with both China and the United States. They hope, if not expect, that China and the United States will find a modus vivendi amidst this change, and Australia can have a place as a partner of both.

Additional photos from this program can be found in the East-West Center's Flickr Gallery.

Ambassador Rawdon Dalrymple has had a distinguished diplomatic career, involved at one time or another in all aspects of Australia's foreign interests and policy areas. After serving as Assistant Secretary and Minister in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, he became Australian Ambassador to Israel from 1972 to 1975, serving during the Yom Kippur War. He was later appointed Ambassador to Indonesia in 1981, Ambassador to the United States in 1985, and Ambassador to Japan in 1989, serving four years in each post.

Domestically, in 1975 Mr. Dalrymple was First Assistant Secretary in charge of Western Division and then of the Economic Division. He was promoted to Deputy Secretary in 1984. After participating in the planning and formative work leading to the creation of the Asian Development Bank he joined the Bank in Manila in 1987 as Alternate Director.

After retiring from the Australian Government service he was a visiting professor in at the University of Sydney as well as President of the Australian Centre for American Studies, Deputy Chair of the Australia-Japan Foundation, and an Advisor to ITOCHU Australia.

Mr. Dalrymple graduated from the University of Sydney, was elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1952, and proceeded to Oxford where he took a first class honors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He returned to Sydney University as Lecturer in Moral and Political Philosophy in 1955.

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