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Is China Telling The Truth?

Rory Medcalf and Richard McGregor moderated by Professor Jane Golley

Saturday 15 August 2020
12.30PM – 1.30PM

The rise of China is one of the biggest and most pivotal stories of our generation. And yet relations with our largest trading partner continue to plummet with Australia being put in the deep freeze after calling out Beijing for exercising undue influence in our polity and for launching massive cyberattacks against our vital institutions. Can relations with the communist superpower recover? Or is Australia destined to become an enemy of the State?

Presented by ANU @ the Canberra Theatre Centre


Rory Medcalf

Professor Rory Medcalf is head of the National Security College at ANU. As an Australian diplomat he has had postings to New Delhi, Tokyo and Papua New Guinea. He was a senior strategic analyst at the Office of National Assessments and was the founding director of the international security program at the Lowy Institute. His latest book Contest for the Indo-Pacific: Why China Won’t Map the Future was published in March 2020.


Richard McGregor

Richard McGregor is an Australian journalist, writer, and author. He is currently the bureau chief for the Financial Times based in Washington DC. He previously was based in Japan and also other locations such as Shanghai, Taiwan, Sydney, Melbourne and London.


Jane Golley

Professor Jane Golley is director of the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU. She is co-editor of the China Story Yearbook. She engages regularly with bureaucrats, diplomats, politicians and the media to contribute to public debate on China's rise and what it means for Australia.