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Silent Invasion : China's influence in Australia - Clive Hamilton

Silent Invasion

China's influence in Australia

Paperback Published: 26th February 2018
ISBN: 9781743794807
Number Of Pages: 376

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In 2008 Clive Hamilton was at Parliament House in Canberra when the Beijing Olympic torch relay passed through. He watched in bewilderment as a small pro-Tibet protest was overrun by thousands of angry Chinese students. Where did they come from? Why were they so aggressive? And what gave them the right to shut down others exercising their democratic right to protest? The authorities did nothing about it, and what he saw stayed with him.

In 2016 it was revealed that wealthy Chinese businessmen linked to the Chinese Communist Party had become the largest donors to both major political parties. Hamilton realised something big was happening, and decided to investigate the Chinese government’s influence in Australia. What he found shocked him.

From politics to culture, real estate to agriculture, universities to unions, and even in our primary schools, he uncovered compelling evidence of the Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration of Australia. Sophisticated influence operations target Australia’s elites, and parts of the large Chinese-Australian diaspora have been mobilised to buy access to politicians, limit academic freedom, intimidate critics, collect information for Chinese intelligence agencies, and protest in the streets against Australian government policy. It’s no exaggeration to say the Chinese Communist Party and Australian democracy are on a collision course. The CCP is determined to win, while Australia looks the other way.

Thoroughly researched and powerfully argued, Silent Invasion is a sobering examination of the mounting threats to democratic freedoms Australians have for too long taken for granted. Yes, China is important to our economic prosperity; but, Hamilton asks, how much is our sovereignty as a nation worth?

About the Author

Clive Hamilton AM is an Australian author and public intellectual. His books include Growth Fetish, Silencing Dissent (with Sarah Maddison) and What Do We Want: The Story of Protest in Australia. He was for 14 years the executive director of The Australia Institute, a think tank he founded. For some years he has been professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra.

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5

Clive Hamilton has written a book which is of great service to Australia and our precious way of life which, as he demonstrates, many are all too ready to put aside for more money, comfort and (short-lived) complacency. Mr Hamilton's research and detail are excellent and his theme is readily illustrated by everyday stories which come to us in many guises; pressure to stop airlines calling Taiwan, Taiwan; giant winery in Mildura simply for the Chinese market. He clearly demonstrates that it is not the people of China who are a problem but the totalitarian, corrupt, Leninist Chinese Communist Party. The attempt by CCP to stop publication perfectly illustrates his theme.

Sydney

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Hard to put down

4

An interesting perspective on the changing face of Australia

Adelaide

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Compulsory reading

5

The book should be made compulsory reading for all western high school and tertiary students. It shows how western freedoms can be eroded by a malicious foreign government using western democracy, equal rights and anti-discrimination laws against us. The Chinese now own essential services of electricity generation, have infiltrated our security agencies, are stealing our technology and to add the ultimate insult to our way of life the Chinese Communist Party is now teaching our young, in our schools from Kindergarten to universities through the Confucius Institute, to be relaxed about a culture and system of government that kills and jails dissenters, and tightly controls what their citizens can and can't do through the use of technology. The west has, and is, being poorly led and defended.

NSW

Necessary Reading for all Australians

5

This book is the most significant book written by a modern author with an impressive background, and should be read by all Australians. It provides an observation on the future that requires urgent action, today. If you are concerned about the way Australia is being sold off and sold out then this is the book you must read. I invested in my future by buying many copies for friends and those like-minded individuals who are as concerned about the decisions being made today by all levels of government that will have long term, irreversible, impact.

Newcastle

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read this book!

5

This book is an essential read for all Australians. Well-researched, very informative and quite alarming in the way it describes what is happening under our national radar to our country.

Canberra

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A really frightening book !!!

5

I was really angry and depressed to learn of the pervasive infiltration by the Chinese Communist Party into so many areas of Australian life. The amount of detail is incredible, and all of Hamilton's references are confirmed in the 58 pages of Notes. The rejection by an Australian publisher due to concerns about retribution from China is worrying. This book should be required reading by every politician, including many ex-pollies.

Townsville, Nth Qld

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Essential reading to understand what is happening to us.

5

Describes the long term strategies being used by the CCP across the world and specifically in Australia. Buying this book supports the publisher who chose to resist CCP efforts to silence the author. It will help to expose the CCP's manipulation of Australia's governance, security and long term future.

Adelaide, South Australia

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Brave effort on a controversial subject

4

A highly controversial subject that shows the writer, Clive Hamilton, not only completed a large amount of research but showed incredible courage to tackle.

Hawkesbury, NSW, Australia

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Silent Invasion - China's influence in Australia

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A really important book.

Melbourne, Australia

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A Stunning Expose

5

This book is a 'must-read' for every patriotic Australian. The total interference in our lives and the future of our country by China is frightening. How so many influential people, politicians and business people alike, have basically 'sold out' their country is a national disgrace. The details disclosed in this amazing book make me very angry.

Sydney

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Silent Invasion

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100.0

Anyone keen to understand how China draws other countries into its sphere of influence should start with Silent Invasion. This is an important book for the future of Australia. But tug on the threads of China’s influence networks in Australia and its global network of influence operations starts to unravel.Professor John Fitzgerald, author of Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia

ISBN: 9781743794807
ISBN-10: 1743794800
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 26th February 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1