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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
4.8 out of 5 stars (290 ratings)

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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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Great Informative Essay

Really engaging and informative piece. It places current foreign policy issues into perspective and both reflects and looks forward on Australias relationship with China.

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One of the best from audible

I found Peter Hartcher 's essay insighful, intriguing, interesting and informative. Top marks to Peter Hartcher for producing such a well-rounded, excellent piece of work. Peter Hartcher for Defence minister!

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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.

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The narrator brings you up-to-speed with eye openers again and again. A must hear for everyone.

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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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Iur Future with China?

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A must read/listen for every Australian.

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Decouple and Defeat - the CCP regime’s defeat in Australia

A must read for citizens of all democratic nations under direct bio, economic and cyber threat from the CCP regime. Mr Hartcher makes a compelling case for an unflinching policy of Decouple and Defeat to ensure the CCP regime’s malevolent dreams are crushed. A must read for all who value democracy and civilisation, and the need to eradicate the CCP regime like a cancer from free societies. A tour de force essay that is essential reading.

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Every Australian should listen to this

Every Australian, especially Federal and State politicians, should listen to this. Peter sets out a framework for how to understand the opportunity in getting the strategic settings with China right and threats if we do not.

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Well researched and balanced perspective.

Interesting to listen to this nearly 12 months on and see some of Peter's predictions unfolding.

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A bit thin

Interesting subject but relatively shallow analysis. A good summary of recent Chinese pressure in Australia

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  • 10-01-2020

An excellent compelling essay. Highly recommended

Thought provoking, succinct and well structured essay on the challenges faced in today's political climate