• Chinese whispers

    Robert Wihtol     |      December 22, 2020

    A new book by Roger Faligot on the history and extent of Chinese espionage is essential reading for both intelligence professionals and generalists wanting to understand the reach and power of China’s hidden hand.

  • Reducing Australia’s trade dependence on China

    Michael Shoebridge     |      December 17, 2020

    China’s use of trade bans to place political pressure on Australia means we must find alternative trading partners for a host of products, including iron ore and clean energy.

  • Cuckoo in the nest

    Open Forum     |      December 13, 2020

    Australia’s measures to limit Chinese influence are long overdue. All democracies have an interest in strengthening their internal and external arrangements against the PRC’s relentless predation.

  • Reading the Chinese playbook

    Rowan Callick     |      December 12, 2020

    There is no shortage of Australian apologists for China’s bullying tactics against this country, but understanding the propaganda playbook helps guard against falling for its distortions and lies.

  • The power of provocation

    Ariel Bogle     |      December 10, 2020

    China’s use of social media as a weapon in its ongoing campaign to intimidate nations abroad while whipping up national fervour at home was exemplified by its latest blast of anti-Australian propaganda.

  • Australia’s options for pushing back against Beijing

    Peter Jennings     |      December 6, 2020

    Capitulation to the bullies of Beijing is unthinkable, but after years of being lulled into complacency, we need some policy imagination and decisive decision-making to secure our future interests.

  • China’s twitter propaganda backfires

    Michael Shoebridge     |      December 2, 2020

    China’s increasingly crude economic and misinformation campaign against Australia is only strengthening our resolve to resist such bullying.

  • Downsizing Australia–China relations

    Andrew Forrest     |      November 13, 2020

    Australia’s failure to emphasise the importance of values in our dealings with China inadvertently signalled to Beijing a willingness to trade them away.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – World peace: Why the West must crush Chinese ambitions

    Mark Nicol     |      October 29, 2020

    An increasingly powerful and aggressive China is extending its economic, political and military influence around the world. A concerted and immediate effort is required from democratic nations if Xi’s ambitions are to be thwarted.

  • The great Chinese cover-up

    Keith Richburg     |      October 18, 2020

    China may now want to expel foreign correspondents to control its own narrative and stem negative coverage but its connections to the outside world means the country can no longer be isolated and escape critical coverage, no matter how much it tries.

  • Reporting on China, not from China

    Charlie Lyons Jones     |      October 9, 2020

    For the first time since 1973, the Australian media has no foreign correspondents in China—a consequence of the Chinese government’s decision to drown out all critical voices, both foreign or domestic.

  • A political divide, not moral equivalence

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 28, 2020

    Let’s not have our tails twisted by Beijing-created narratives characterising how we operate as in any way a mirror of, or an excuse for, the actions of the CCP’s own nasty security apparatus.