The pace and scale of Asia’s rise during the ‘Asian Century’ has been nothing short of staggering. Asia is on course to become the world’s largest economic region before the end of this decade, presenting Australia with a range of opportunities and challenges. This book aims to develop a better understanding of the economic, political and cultural interconnections that Australia has with its Asian neighbours. Trade and investment, education, language capability, defence and strategic policy are all key concerns in relation to Australia’s engagement with Asia. Improved Asia literacy is particularly important for young Australians who will need to develop skills to communicate and engage with the peoples of Asia in order to effectively live, work and learn in the region.
What are the implications of the Asian Century for Australia’s economic, social, political and strategic environments? Is Australia ready for the Asian Century?
Chapter 1: Australia in the Asian Century Chapter 2: Trade and investment Chapter 3: Defence and strategic policy Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index