Some financial institutions have warned that a major financial crisis is almost twice as likely in China as anywhere else in the world. The warnings centre around concerns that the country’s notoriously high levels of debt and so-called shadow banking sector could trigger a crash. Don’t miss Professor Hans Hendrischke from the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, political science professor Robert E. Kelly and leading economist Richard Denniss in conversation with Richard McGregor about one of the most pressing economic matters of our time.

Robert E. Kelly (International)

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Robert E. Kelly lives in South Korea, where he is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Pusan National University. He holds a PhD in international relations from Ohio State University. Dr. Kelly comments frequently on North Korea and U.S. foreign policy for outlets including the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, and Foreign Affairs. He briefly became famous as “BBC Dad” when, in March 2017, his children interrupted him live on BBC News.

Richard Denniss (Australian)

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Richard Denniss is the Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. In addition to his academic work he was Chief of Staff to Senator Natasha Stott Despoja and Strategy Adviser to Senator Bob Brown. He was described by Mark Kenny in the Sydney Morning Herald as 'a constant thorn in the side of politicians on both sides due to his habit of skewering dodgy economic justifications for policy'.

Hans Hendrischke (Australian)

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Hans Hendrischke is professor of Chinese business and management at the University of Sydney Business School and chairs the Business and Economics Cluster of the China Studies Centre. For his research on business institutions and entrepreneurship in China he has conducted hundreds of interviews with private entrepreneurs and local officials. He co-edited China's Economy in the 21st Century: Enterprise and Business Behaviour and leads a strategic research cooperation with KPMG on Chinese investment in Australia.

Richard McGregor (Australian)

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Richard McGregor is a senior fellow for east Asia at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. He is an award-winning journalist and author with extensive experience in reporting on the top-level politics and economies of east Asia, primarily China and Japan, and the US. He was a correspondent for the ABC and The Australian in Japan and China, and the Financial Times bureau chief in Beijing, Shanghai and Washington. His 2010 book, The Party, on the Chinese Communist Party, was called a “masterpiece” by The Economist and won numerous awards. His latest book, Asia's Reckoning, on Sino-Japanese relations and the fate of US power in east Asia, was published in late 2017. He was a fellow at the Wilson Center in 2015 and a visiting scholar at George Washington University in 2016.