China's influence

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China's influence Propaganda, persuasion, and soft power in Australia

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Tuesday 19 September 2017 06:00 pm until Tuesday 19 September 2017 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Asia
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La Trobe Asia
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Public Lecture

China's influence in Australia has become controversial.  For years there have been reports connecting Chinese money to the funding of political parties, think-tanks, and research institutes.  There is investment in business and buildings, and the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece China Daily struck a deal to be distributed in the Fairfax Media’s newspapers.

Less recognised is China’s exercise of soft power through the promotion of its culture and history – festivals, tours, exhibitions, performances, subsidies, and scholarships are often representative of a considerable investment in public diplomacy, estimated to be part of the US$10 billion that China budgets annually for ‘external propaganda’.

Why does China continue to invest so much in its international efforts to curry favour?  What message are they trying to convey, and at what point does it become an issue of concern?  How much influence does the People’s Republic of China wield in Australia?

This public forum brings together four experts to reflect on Chinese influence in Australia.

  • Associate Professor James Leibold (Senior Lecturer, Politics, La Trobe University)
  • Louisa Lim (Senior Lecturer, Audio Visual Journalism, University of Melbourne)
  • Professor Bates Gill (Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University)
  • Professor Nick Bisley (Executive Director, La Trobe Asia) (Chair)

Date: 19th September, 2017
Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Venue: Theatrette, State Library of Victoria


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