While Kremlin-sponsored foreign influencing campaigns have grabbed headlines, Australia has been grappling with increased Chinese interference in its domestic politics. According to John Garnaut, a strategic risk adviser and China expert, China’s co-opting of thought-leaders and suppression of Chinese-Australians’ free speech is a warning to democracies everywhere as to China’s power and geopolitical ambitions. Australia’s approach to counteracting Chinese meddling, meanwhile, serves as a model for protecting democracies from foreign influence in general.
About the Author
John Garnaut is the founder of the strategic risk advisory JG Global. He has worked as a China correspondent and was senior adviser to Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.