China is a key nation for Australia’s future – for our security, economy and identity. But what are China’s intentions when it comes to Australia? And what lies behind the recent chill in relations between the two countries?
In this gripping book, Peter Hartcher shows how Australia woke up to China’s challenge and explores what comes next. Will we see a further deterioration in relations, or is there a smarter way to deal with an authoritarian superpower?
Hartcher shines new light on Beijing’s overt and covert campaign for influence – over trade and defence, media and politics. And he looks at the Australian response so far and assesses its effectiveness.
‘For all its power, China is neither all-powerful nor irresistible. Australia can shape its engagement with Beijing ... History is forcing us out of our complacency. Whenever Australia is asked to choose between China and America, the ultimate answer must be that we choose Australia.’ —Peter Hartcher, Red Zone