Australia at risk of falling victim to US-China trade war

The potential economic impacts of the US-China trade war will be the focus of a high-level forum at The Australian National University (ANU) on Monday 20 May.

The event will feature talks from US and Chinese economists, as well as senior figures from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), the Treasury and ANU.

Former RBA Board member Professor Bob Gregory said Australia’s economy was at risk of becoming collateral damage as the world’s two biggest economies clash.

“Over the last decade-and-a-half a large faction of Australia’s strong economic performance has come from the rapid growth of China, spilling over into demand for Australian exports,” said Professor Gregory of the ANU Research School of Economics.

“Anything that slows China’s economic growth, is bad for Australia.”

The China-US Trade War and Economic Conflict conference is being jointly hosted by the ANU College of Business and Economics, the ANU Research School of Economics and the US based Peterson Institute of International Economics.

Speakers include:

  • Meghan Quinn PSM, Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomic Group, Treasury
  • Professor Ligang Song, ANU
  • Professor Shangjin Wei, Columbia University and ANU
  • Professor Chad Bown, Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Associate Professor Shu Lin, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Media are invite to attend.
More information about the event is available here:


WHAT: China-US Trade War and Economic Conflict conference
WHERE: Australian Centre on China in the World, Building 188, Fellows Lane, ANU
WHEN: 8:45am – 5:00pm, Monday 20 May

For media assistance, contact Aaron Walker on the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979 or 0418 307 213.

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