Alex Thursby on moving beyond Asia-Australia engagement

The relationship is established, but Australia should continue to build its Asia knowledge base, not just in terms of languages, but with regard to broader education, experience and understanding as well.
Alex Thursby
Alex Thursby

One day, we will stop talking about Australia's engagement with Asia. We will simply accept that Australia is part of the Asian region. We're not there yet, but I've seen substantial progress in the more than 20 years that I've been a banker in Asia.

In the past 10 years our growing connection with Asia has been clearly evident in three key areas trade, people links, and the shift in the geopolitical landscape.

Trade flows strengthen Australia's links with Asia

Trade has been a crucial driver of the Asia-Australian relationship. The volume of trade between Australia and Asia has more than doubled in the past decade, and trade flows increased by 25.8% in 2008 alone....

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