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China's Belt & Road Initiative: Beyond the Rhetoric - Opportunities for WA

04 December 2019

River View Room, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, WA 6000

Join ACBC WA at 'China's Belt & Road Initiative: Beyond the Rhetoric - Opportunities for WA' to discuss China's signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), (the modern 'Silk Road' initiative) and the tangible opportunities for WA businesses to participate in the BRI.

Hear from HE Ambassador, President of China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), Mr QI Zhenhong, and a panel of BRI experts and local senior Australia-China business professionals about the benefits of the BRI initiative and how Western Australia can take advantage of President Xi's signature initiative.
Panellists include:
  • Dr LIU Qing, Senior Researcher & Director Department for Asia & the Pacific Studies, CIIS
  • Dr LIU Feitao, Associate Research Fellow, Department for American Studies, CIIS
  • Mr Bing Liu, General Manager, ICBC
  • Mr Adam Handley, President, ACBC WA
  • Mr Philip Kirchlechner, Chair, ACBC WA Investment Committee
  • Mr Danny Goeman, Marketing and Sales Director, FMG
  • Mr Chris Hogg, International Student Recruitment North Asia, TAFE International WA
  • Mr Oscar Fong, Managing Director, Overtures:Co
  • Mr Peter Thomas, Director of Project Development, MRC
This event will inform attendees about:
  • The nature, scope and extent of BRI including in the Asia Pacific region?
  • Which sectors and industries of the Western Australian economy are likely to benefit from and be able to participate in BRI projects
  • How specific sectors, including the Infrastructure, Financing, Construction, Agriculture, Logistics, IT, Vocational Education and Training can benefit from BRI



Keynote Speaker

Mr QI Zhenhong

President, China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)
Mr Qi Zhenhong is President of China Institute of International Studies (CIIS). Once worked as Counselor, Deputy Director-General, Policy Planning Department, MFA; Deputy Director-General, General Office, MFA; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Kingdom of Bahrain.


Dr LIU Qing

Senior Researcher and Director Department for Asia and the Pacific Studies, China Institute of International Studies (CIIS);
Council Member, China International Culture Exchange; and Secretary-General, Global Centre for Mekong Studies
Dr Liu enjoys the special allowance granted by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. He was Director of the Department for American Studies. He served at Chinese Embassy in Australia as First Secretary from 2012-2015. Dr Liu's research covers the U.S., Asia and the Pacific, regional integration, etc. He chaired a couple of programs related to the US, East Asia and regional cooperation. He has written extensively on various aspects of the US foreign policy in Asia and East Asia cooperation.
His recent articles include “Trump’s Asia-Pacific Policy: Features and Directions” (China International Studies, No.5, 2017), Dr Liu is chief editor of Enhance Communication and Mutual Understanding, Pursuing Common Security(Chinese People's Publishing House,2017), a contributor of The Twilight of a Feast on Power: The U.S. “Rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific” and China’s Countermeasures (World Affair Press, 2015), China-US Cooperation: Key to the Global Future ( China-US Joint Working Group, jointly released by the Atlantic Council and CIIS, 2013). He received his masters and doctorate degrees from Renmin University of China, and bachelor degree from Hunan University of Science and Technology.
Dr Liu was a visiting scholar at the University of South California, USA in 2008.

Dr LIU Feitao

Associate Research Fellow, Department for American Studies, China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)
Dr Liu Feitao is an associate research fellow, graduated in 2006 with PhD Degree in international politics from Renmin University and became a member of the Department for American studies at CIIS the same year.
He worked as the deputy director of the Department for American Studies from 2010-2016. In 2012, Dr Liu went to CISAC of the Stanford University to work as visiting fellow on issues of Korean Peninsular.
From July 2016 to the end of 2018, he was an out posted diplomat in the policy division of the China Embassy in Australia and currently he is back to his researching post in the Department for American Studies. Dr Liu has been studying Sino-US relations with focuses on diplomatic, security and strategic issues.

Bing Liu

General Manager ICBC
Mr Bing Liu is the State Manager for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Western Australia and Northern Territory, and the General Manager of the ICBC Perth Branch since 2012. He has more than 30 years’ extensive experience, having held several senior banking and corporate management roles in project finance, corporate finance, M&A, commodity trading, physical trading, risk management, structured finance and FX trading.
Mr Liu has a deep understanding of the Chinese, Asian and Australian cultures and business practices, and extensive knowledge of the natural resources industry. He is well connected with the banking community in Australia and Asia, having previously worked in Bank of America Merrill Lynch Singapore, Macquarie Bank Ltd Sydney & Hong Kong, CITIC Australia Melbourne, Barclays Capital Asia Ltd, Deutsche Bank Hong Kong and CITIC Group in Beijing.
Mr Liu holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration. He is also a highly qualified professional who held the HK SFC Securities Advisor License, HKMA Corporate Finance Advisor License, HK SFC Futures Trading License and Singapore IBF qualification.

Adam Handley

President, ACBC WA
Adam Handley joined as a Director of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) National Board in 2013, and has been President of the WA branch since 2013. ACBC Western Australia Branch (ACBC WA) is one of the most active branches with an established reputation as a driving force behind building relationships between WA and China. ACBC WA serves as a focal point for the states business relations with China.
Adam is a partner with one of the leading Asia Pacific law firms, Minter Ellison. Adam has been very active in the Chinese investment space since 2007 and has acted for some of China's leading State Owned and private enterprises investing (like Sinosteel, MCC, Baosteel, Minmetals, ChinaRailway and others) in Australia and elsewhere outside of China.
Adam joined Minter Ellison in 2012 and is the Co-Chair of the Minter Ellison China Group. He spends around 4.5 months of each year working in mainland China with Minter Ellison's Chinese clients and is regarded as one of the leading Australian lawyers acting for Chinese investors in the Australia/Sino market. Adam first travelled to China in 1984 as part of a school cultural exchange program; an experience which prompted his interest in China.

Mr Philip Kirchlechner

Chair, ACBC WA Investment Committee
Philip Kirchlechner has more than 30 years experience in marketing, business development, and advisory in the resources, steel, technology and capital goods industries with global companies such as JP Morgan, Rio Tinto, and Voest-Alpine.
Philip was one of the first people to join Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) when it was a small start-up in 2003 and participated in the growth of a remarkable success story.
While at Rio Tinto, Philip held the position of chief representative of the Shanghai office, overseeing the companies’ strategic direction in the region and closely involved with decision makers in China’s steel industry and government. He lived in China for 16 years, is fluent in Mandarin, and was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Reed College and the Beijing Language and Culture University. Philip is a former director of the Confucius Institute at UWA and is passionate about building bridges with China.
Philip is Chair of the Investment Committee of the Australian China Business Council WA Branch.

Mr Danny Goeman

Marketing and Sales Director, FMG

Danny Goeman was  appointed Director Sales amd Marketing in August 2018. 

Danny has more than 25 years of experience in management, sales and marketing, strategy development and high-level commercial negotiations, including more than 20 years with the Rio Tinto group of Companies. He has a wealth of experience in leading commercial transactions in different geographies including Australia, Asia and Europe, and has experience in a range of commodites inclduing diamonds, iron ore, cole and potash. 

Mr Oscar Fong

Managing Director, Overtures:Co
Oscar Fong has over 10 years of interdisciplinary expertise in business, design and technology. 

Oscar first engaged with the Belt and Road Initiative in 2017 as an independent architectural advisor to African infrastructure projects in development. He has since helped Australian businesses participate in BRI trade and technological opportunities through Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.
As a designer, Oscar developed award winning architectural projects in Australia, and served as innovation advisor to local start-ups.
Oscar is Perth Chapter director of the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiatives.

Mr Peter Thomas

Director of Project Development, MRC
Peter Thomas has successfully led the development and construction of several billion-dollar projects in the mining sector. Currently he is Director of Project Development at MRC. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He is also a Graduate of the AICD and an Associate of the Australian Institute of Actuaries.

With a background in megaproject delivery, investment banking and finance, Peter spent 10 years with Fortescue Metals Group within the Executive and Projects teams including roles of CFO (TPI), General Manager of Rail and Project Director of Fortescue’s $5 billion port and rail expansion (just over half of the T155 Project).

He also served as Director of Projects for Adani and guided its $4 billion Carmichael Mine and Rail Project to the start of construction. Peter has also served as CEO of Balla Balla Infrastructure Group (BBIG) a company developing a $6 billion iron ore project. BBIG is owned by New Zealand based Todd Corporation. Peter also spent five years working in mergers & acquisitions and also in corporate finance with Lehman Brothers in New York and London.



Event Details

  • Date: 4 December, 2019
  • Time: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Cost: Non-Members $188; Members $166.00 (Members please enter the code provided via email to access discounted tickets or email eventswa@acbc.com.au to receive the code again.)
  • Catering: Two course sit down lunch with wine. Please provide details of any special dietary requirements.
  • Venue: Riverview Room, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth WA
  • RSVP: Please RSVP your attendance to this event by 27 November, 2019



China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)

China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) is the think tank of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It conducts research and analysis on a wide range of foreign policy issues.


The Institute was founded in 1956 under the name of Institute of International Relations, and assumed the present name in December 1986. In 1998, China Center for International Affairs, formerly a research institution of China's State Council, was incorporated with CIIS.

More information available here.


Belt and Road Initiative Background

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a foreign policy and economic strategy of the People’s Republic of China. The term derives from the overland ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and the ‘21st-Century Maritime Silk Road’, concepts introduced by PRC President Xi Jinping in 2013. These are the two major axes along which China proposes to economically link Europe to China through countries across Eurasia and the Indian Ocean.
The initiative also links to Africa and Oceania. In March 2015, the PRC issued an action plan for realising this initiative. While the BRI is being coordinated by China’s National Development and Reform Commission, it also heavily involves the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Commerce.