The Great Thrall of China


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China’s growing political, economic and cultural influence in Australia is big news. And now the role of the Australian media in exposing alleged Chinese political meddling is drawing a backlash – in Canberra and Beijing.

Is the coverage of China in Australia unfair, unbalanced and tinged with xenophobia? Or are our journalists doing their proper job in exposing a growing challenge to our sovereignty and national interests?

Join us for an informative and lively forum over lunch with four expert panelists:

Chris Uhlmann is political editor of National Nine News in Canberra and has reported extensively about Chinese influence in Australia and the South Pacific.

Richard McGregor is a senior fellow with the Lowy Instutute and former Financial Times bureau chief in Beijing and Washington. His book The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers won the Asia Society in New York 2011 award for best book on Asia.

Louisa Lim is a senior lecturer at Melbourne University and former BBC and NPR Beijing correspondent. She is the author of The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited and the co-host of the Little Red Podcast, an award-winning podcast about China.

Nick McKenzie is a senior investigative journalist at The Age who was named joint 2017 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year for work including revelations about Chinese manipulation of Australian politicians.

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