Clive Hamilton - Hidden Hand - Monday 11th May

In conversation with Prof. Feng Chongyi

In this landmark follow-up to the bestselling and highly controversial 2018 book Silent Invasion, Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg expose the Chinese Communist Party’s global program of influence and subversion, and the threat it poses to democracy worldwide.
With its enormous economic power, China is now a global political and military force engaged in an ideological struggle with the West. Combining a mass of evidence with unique insights, in Hidden Hand, Hamilton and Ohlberg lay bare the nature and extent of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) influence in operations across the Western world – in politics, business, universities, think tanks and international institutions such as the UN and WHO. This new authoritarian power is using democratic systems to undermine democracy in pursuit of its global ambitions.
With meticulous research Hamilton and Ohlberg describe comprehensively the breadth and scale of the subtle and subversive methods of ‘discourse control’ used by the CCP to expand China’s power. They bring to light China’s threat to democratic freedoms and national sovereignty across Europe and North America – and show how we might push back against its autocratic influence.

This book is the first ever exposé of the CCP’s network of influence and interference in operations in Europe and North America. Hamilton and Ohlberg’s explosive insights on the influence in the UK in particular will provoke new debate in a region that lags a long way behind Australia in understanding the nature and extent of CCP influence and interference.
With China headlining our news almost daily in Australia, and as concerns continue to grow about its influence globally, it has never been more crucial to shine a spotlight on the CCP’s influence worldwide.

Hidden Hand asks one of the most urgent strategic questions of the twenty-first century – How should democracies respond to China’s rising totalitarian regime and its far-reaching power?


Date and time: Monday 11th May, 6pm for 6.30pm

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