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China Panic

Australia's Alternative to Paranoia and Pandering

David Brophy

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Black Inc
04 June 2021
A better way to think about foreign influence and the nation's future In 2014, Chinese president Xi Jinping said there was an 'ocean of goodwill' between our country and his. Since then, that ocean has shown dramatic signs of freezing over. Australia is in the grip of a China panic. How did we get here, and what's the way out?

In this brilliant book, David Brophy takes apart Australia's China debate - its strange alliances and diplomatic failures. Justified criticism of China has too often given way to paranoia and exaggeration. While the xenophobic right hovers in the wings, some of the loudest voices decrying Chinese subversion come, unexpectedly, from the left. They call for new security laws, increased scrutiny of Chinese Australians and, if necessary, military force - a prescription for a sharp rightward turn in Australian politics.

In China Panic, Brophy offers a progressive alternative. Instead of punitive moves and chest-beating that will only make Australia more like China, we need solutions and strategies that strengthen Australian democracy.

'China Panic is essential reading.'-Linda Jaivin, author of The Shortest History of China
By:   David Brophy
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 238mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   412g
ISBN:   9781760642501
ISBN 10:   1760642509
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   04 June 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Brophy is a historian of Uyghur nationalism and the author of Uyghur Nation. He is a frequent commentator on the Xinjiang crisis and a senior lecturer on modern Chinese history at the University of Sydney.

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