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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
5 out of 5 stars (196 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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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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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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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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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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A well written Essay.

The essay is well written and narrated.

I found the ideas raised in this essay to be very informative. The essay develops critical ideas and reflects our relationship with China perfectly in my opinion.

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This is a well deserved 5 stars. Eye opening.

We the Australian People need to be informed and ready for the hard road ahead.

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What an eue opener!

A very sobering review of our real world situation.
Everyone concerned about the ongoing strength of Australia needs to read this

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Deep and measured

A deep and measured look at the state of things. Revealing, concerning and I suppose hopeful if the message is heeded.

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fearless insight into the Chinese Communist party

describes Australia's relation with China and the covert nature of China's growing global influence. very insightful

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Enlightening content

Peter Hartcher provides a comprehensive account of the history of the relationship bwtween Australia and China, particularly focusing on economics and politics.

The essay is balanced and thought-provoking, encouraging the reader/listener to consider a 21st century in which Australia stands on its own two feet, yet has a productive and cooperative relationship with China and other global powers.

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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