Silent Invasion: China's Influence in Australia and what it means for the United States

Monday, Oct 22, 2018   |   12:15 - 1:45 pm   |  Bass Lecture Hall, The LBJ School

On Monday, October 22, 2018, the Clements and Strauss Centers will welcome Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University, and Isaac Stone Fish, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, for a conversation on Clive Hamilton's new book Silent Invasion: China's Influence in Australia at the University of Texas at Austin in the Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Center for East Asian Studies and the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies will co-sponsor this event. 

Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra. For many years he was Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a progressive think tank he founded. He has held various visiting academic positions, including at the University of Oxford, the University of Heidelberg and Yale University. Clive’s opinions have been published in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Scientific American and the Guardian. His books include Growth Fetish, Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change and Defiant Earth: The fate of humans in the Anthropocene. His book on China’s influence in Australia, Silent Invasion, became a focus of public debate when publishing companies decided to reject it for fear of retribution from Beijing. It was finally published, by Hardie Grant Books, at the end of February 2018 and became an immediate best-seller. He is frequently asked to comment on the PRC’s overseas influence strategies, including testifying before the Australian Parliament and the United States Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

Isaac Stone Fish is a journalist writing a book about China’s influence in America, and a Washington Post’s Global Opinions contributing columnist. He is also a senior fellow at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations in New York City; an on-air contributor to CBSN, a visiting fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and an international affairs analyst for PRI's The World. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Magazine's Asia Editor: he managed coverage of the region, and wrote about the politics, economics, and international affairs of China, Japan, and the Koreas. Formerly a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, Stone Fish spent seven years living in China prior to joining Foreign Policy. He has traveled widely in the region and in the country, visiting every Chinese province, autonomous region, and municipality. Besides publishing in Foreign Policy, Stone Fish’s articles have also appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Slate, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Politico Magazine, The Daily Beast, Time, and the Los Angeles Times. His views on international affairs have been widely quoted, including in MSNBC, ABC, NPR, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, The Guardian, the BBC, Talking Points Memo, and Al Jazeera, among others; and in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese media. Stone Fish is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied Chinese literature. He is also a Truman National Security Project fellow, a non-resident senior fellow at the University of Nottingham's China Policy Institute, and an alumni of the World Economic Forum Global Shaper's program.

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