Peter Hartcher on China and Australia
Free Public Lecture
Carillo Gantner Theatre
Sidney Myer Asia Centre
Join Asialink, Black Inc Books, Readings and ABC journalist Michael Rowland for a discussion on the latest Quarterly Essay, written by Peter Hartcher. Red Flag: Waking Up to China’s Challenge is an urgent, authoritative essay that blends reporting and analysis in a trademark Hartcher style, covering the local scene as well as the larger geopolitical picture.
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 so far 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.