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Red Zone

China's Challenge and Australia's Future

Peter Hartcher



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Black Inc
24 May 2021
How Australia woke up to China's challenge - and what comes next What does China want from Australia?

In this incisive and original book, Peter Hartcher reveals how decades of economic dependence left Australia open to the strategic ambitions of the most successful authoritarian regime in modern history. He shows how ideology, paranoia and Xi Jinping's personal story have reshaped China, and shines new light on Beijing's overt and covert campaign for influence - over trade and defence, media and politics.

Australia has now woken up to China's challenge, from passing foreign interference laws to banning Huawei from our 5G network. But at what cost? Will we see a further slump in relations? How best to protect our security, economy and identity?

Drawing on interviews with Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull and other key policymakers, as well as leading Sinologists and a rare interview with Australia's spy chief, Red Zone is a gripping look at China's power and Australia's future.

'Hartcher's analysis of Australia's place in the world is sharp and tenacious. He continues to make an outsized contribution to our democracy.' -Penny Wong 'Hartcher's clear-eyed analysis of the Australia-China relationship is as keen as it is unsettling.' -Malcolm Turnbull 'Highly recommended' -Francis Fukuyama
By:   Peter Hartcher
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 258mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   474g
ISBN:   9781760642167
ISBN 10:   1760642169
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   24 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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. He is also the author of two Quarterly Essays, Bipolar Nation and Red Flag.

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