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‘At a time of major shifts in global wealth and power, Australians more than ever need to understand the cultural ethos driving the rise of Asia.’ This was the rationale for a roundtable on Confucian values held in Brisbane on 3 September 2013. Hosted by the Qld branch of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), the event comprised presentations by a visiting delegation of experts from China, Singapore and Vietnam that was organised by the Beijing-based International Confucian Association. There were also Australian commentators and interested members of the community who engaged in discussion. The roundtable was part of the 2013 China-Australia Cultural Dialogue focusing on the broad theme of Eastern and Western cultural environments and traditions of thought and the relevance of this to Australia. It ties in with the recent Australia in the Asian Century white paper calling for deeper engagement with Asia.