United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory
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Australia and China: conflict of interests?
On 9 March, Mr Graham Fletcher, First Assista
nt Secretary North Asia at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, addressed members and guests on Australia's complex relationship with China. In a comprehensive presentation, Graham sketched the interests of both partners and canvassed the surprisingly wide range of activities that comprise the relationship. He provided a frank personal perspective on how the relationship works in practice, and his very pragmatic approach was much appreciated by the audience.
This was the second in our series of presentations on Australia's security in the region. The next will be presented by Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Andrew Colvin APM, OAM, on Thursday 11 May.
Prior to Graham's presentation, Group Captain Pete Mitchell DSC, OAM gave a short account of his experiences commanding 75 Squadron RAAF on operations in the Middle East in 2015. Speaking informally in the ADC Mess, Pete described vividly a day of flying operations during the tour and touched on some of the lessons learned in the deployment. He placed particular emphasis on the quality and capacity of the young men and women under his command.
Major General Mike Crane DSC & Bar AM (Retd)
The USI of the ACT is committed to presenting a compelling program of activities, delivering value for stakeholders, and modelling best-practice governance.
In 2016, we are trialling several changes to our speaker program, including focussing on only a couple of themes and reducing our tempo to just one presentation each month. Our principal theme explores the impact on Defence of the First Principles Review and the 2016 Defence White Paper; while our secondary theme seeks a better understanding of global terrorism.
2016 also sees further changes in our governance. At local level, the Council is working hard to implement the reforms identified in our 2015 strategic review. And nationally, we have been closely involved in helping to steer major changes to the form and governance of RUSI-A.
About the USI of the ACT
The United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory (USI of the ACT) aims to promote understanding of national security and defence issues. Membership is open to all who have an interest in national security and defence. We host a program of guest speaker presentations, usually once each month, and offer an annual bursary to an ACT-based doctoral scholar.
Our Patron is Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd). You can read his biography here.