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Quarterly Essay 76: Red Flag

Waking Up to China's Challenge
Narrated by: Peter Hartcher
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
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China has become a key nation for Australia’s future - for our security, economy and identity. But what are China’s intentions when it comes to Australia?  

In this gripping account, Peter Hartcher shows how Beijing stepped up its campaign for influence, over hearts and minds, mineral and agricultural resources, media outlets and sea lanes. Reactions have included panic, xenophobia and all-the-way-with-the-USA - but the challenge now is to think hard about the national interest and respond with wisdom to a changed world. This urgent, authoritative essay blends reporting and analysis, and covers the local scene as well as the larger geopolitical picture. It casts fresh light on Beijing’s plans and actions and outlines a way forward.  

Australia and China have got rich together. For Australia, that is quite enough. But China’s government wants more. As much power and influence over Australia as it can possibly get, using fair means or foul. But what Beijing can get is limited not only by China’s abilities but also by Australia’s will. In each case where Chinese officials or agents attempted to intrude, they met Australian resistance. And failed. For all its power, China is neither all-powerful nor irresistible. Australia can shape its engagement with Beijing.

©2019 Peter Hartcher (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Thought-provoking!

Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Peter Hartcher details the threats and opportunities the rise of China poses to Australia as well as the ambivalent responses of successive Australian Governments. Clearly stated, alarming but not alarmist, and incredibly thought-provoking.

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Deep insight into Australia-China relationship

Hartcher describes how the Chinese Communist Party is seeking to influence and subvert Australia's government and businesses to achieve the CCP 's aims of global influence and power. The strength of this essay comes from its measured tone, the evidence of thorough research and a sensible discussion of how Australia can maintain a relationship with China without Australia compromising its democratic values or open society.

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Most important content I've consumed in a decade

Essential information for any Australian to understand our nation's current state of play and our role in a world increasingly shaped by China. Delivered in a holistic, researched and clear way with a solutions-focused conclusion. Can't recommend it enough.