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Red Flag: Waking Up to China’s Challenge

(Quarterly Essay #76)

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China has become a key nation for Australias future for our security, economy and identity. But what are Chinas intentions and strategy when it comes to Australia?

In this gripping account, Peter Hartcher shows that we are entering an era of undeclared contestation, whether for hearts and minds, mineral and agricultural resources, media outlets or sea lanes. Reactions
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 25th 2019 by Quarterly Essay
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Ron Brown
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
In 2017 Hugh White published a Quarterly Essay titled, Without America where he argued that Australia will have to choose between America and China. In 2018 Clive Hamilton published is polemic account of China/Australia relationship Silent Invasion. Much has happened in the sphere of our relationship with China in the recent past. Also Morrison came out during his recent visit to the US with a resounding statement of the importance and strength of Australia/US ties.

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Nick
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very well argued essay on Chinas influence in Australia and what should be done about it. ...more
jem
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5: an interesting and accessible read that i wouldn't've chosen for myself but nonetheless a good read.
Chris
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
An eye-opening essay showing Australias reliance on China for economic growth and the danger of foreign covert influences. ...more
Stephen Tubbs
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A common sense and compact opinion on the risks associated with doing business with China etc.
Adam
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enlightening essay on the political ambitions of China and the actions the CCP have already taken to lever power and potential power in their favour. Chinas subtle acts of subversion have been steadily increasing over past years, whether its small-scale acts of infiltration into AusPol, the Huawei scandal, the current Belt and Road Initiative or retaliatory tariffs against nations leaders who visit the Dalai Lama (these politically motivated tariffs have happened dozens of times in the past ...more
Loki
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A look at the influence China has and seeks over Australian politics, and the indifference and complacency with which several governments have regarded it. A deep dive into a part of our politics that many Australians (myself included) know little about.
Joan
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Extremely interesting and eye opening. Reading this has made me more aware of what is behind so many news items and Chinas aims for total control. Should be a must read for all concerned people. Cooperation between countries is necessary, but not dominance by one over another. ...more
Alan
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Julian
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Bill Perrin
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Nothing original here. Take 1950s Cold War rhetoric and change USSR to China - same old mix of half truths and chest thumping.
Arthur Banos
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great article
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At times it strayed closer to assertion of feeling than fact.
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Peter Hartcher is the political and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. His books include Bubble Man, The Sweet Spot and To the Bitter End. His first Quarterly Essay, Bipolar Nation, was published in 2007.

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