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Countering China’s Influence Operations: Lessons from Australia

Countering China’s Influence Operations: Lessons from Australia May 8, 2020 This commentary is part of a new CSIS project exploring the impact of Russian and Chinese information operations in democratic states. Part I of the project examines Russian disinformation campaigns in the United Kingdom and Germany and Chinese disinformation campaigns in Australia and Japan. Read the piece on Germany  here , on the United Kingdom  here,   and on Japan  here . Although China’s rising influence is felt all across the globe, perhaps no country has been as roiled politically by China’s growing influence and political ambitions as Australia has over the past several years. Australia is a mid-sized, open, and multicultural democracy and a long-standing treaty ally of the United States. Australians, who have enjoyed three decades of uninterrupted prosperity, have good reason to welcome China’s economic rise, which has come with a voracious appetite for Australia’s exports of iron ore, coal, and other

Protest or dangerous subversion: what China’s proposed national security laws mean for Hong Kong

Protest or dangerous subversion: what China’s proposed national security laws mean for Hong Kong National security laws set to be made for Hong Kong have been called a "death knell" and "badly damaging". Why are they so controversial? By  Felicity Lewis MAY 31, 2020 https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/peaceful-protest-or-dangerous-subversion-what-china-s-proposed-national-security-laws-mean-for-hong-kong-20200526-p54wgy.html Beijing’s announcement that it intends to draft national security laws on Hong Kong has riled Hong Kong's protesters, been condemned by several nations and raised several questions about the rights of the territory's citizens. The laws have not yet been written, but the prospect of pushback against curtailed freedoms has prompted the city's police force to lock down several of the city's streets, as authorities brace for a wave of protests after a break from unrest during the harbour city's pandemic lockdown. So what are these