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The China Files with Chris Smith examines China's emergence as a global superpower and its plans for Australia and the Indo-Pacific.

Emboldened by its relentless economic growth, China's increasingly muscular geopolitical stance has led to frosty relations between Canberra and Beijing that show no signs of thawing. Where to from here?

Host Chris Smith speaks with leading experts about the impact of Australia's changing relationship with China.

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The China Files with Chris Smith examines China's emergence as a global superpower and its plans for Australia and the Indo-Pacific.

Emboldened by its relentless economic growth, China's increasingly muscular geopolitical stance has led to frosty relations between Canberra and Beijing that show no signs of thawing. Where to from here?

Host Chris Smith speaks with leading experts about the impact of Australia's changing relationship with China.

    Does Xi Jingping's third term bring increased risk? with Peter Jennings

    Does Xi Jingping's third term bring increased risk? with Peter Jennings

    In the final episode of the China Files for 2022, Chris is joined by Peter Jennings, former executive director and current senior fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and principle of Peter Jennings Strategy Consultants.Peter expertly unpacks the implications of Xi Jingping's appointment to a third term as president - including changes to China's identity, whether a thawing in relationships with Australia is likely, and most importantly, whether this places us on the clock for conflict in the Pacific.  
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    • 22 min
    The Leadership of Xi Jingping with Michael Smith

    The Leadership of Xi Jingping with Michael Smith

    The National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party has pushed Xi Jingping's leadership into a second decade. What implications does this have for the country - and indeed, the world?To discuss this, Chris is joined by the Australian Financial Review's North Asia correspondent, Michael Smith.
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    • 19 min
    China's Stranglehold on Rare Earths and What it Means for Australia, with Lincoln Parker

    China's Stranglehold on Rare Earths and What it Means for Australia, with Lincoln Parker

    Over 56% of Electric Vehicle batteries come from China. It's a fact that's little thought about, but has massive implications for Australia's EV policies, sovereignty and security. Defence and technology development expert and the chair of the Liberal Party's Defence and National Security Policy Branch, Lincoln Parker, discusses this, along with the state of Australia's defence forces. 
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    • 20 min
    China's Future Leadership and the National Congress with Andrew Phelan

    China's Future Leadership and the National Congress with Andrew Phelan

    The Communist Party of China's top leaders are set to converge for a historic meeting in just ten days time. What will this mean for the country's future - and for ours?This episode's expert guest, former Australia-China Council scholar and businessman Andrew Phelan, helps answer these questions. 
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    • 22 min
    Biden's Reaffirmed Stance on China with Professor Clive Hamilton

    Biden's Reaffirmed Stance on China with Professor Clive Hamilton

    Clive Hamilton is a Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, who has authored two books on China: 'Silent Invasion: China's Influence in Australia' and 'Hidden Hand: Exposing How The Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping The World.' He shares his insights on China's ambitions, influence, what has driven President Biden's reaffirmed stance against an invasion of Taiwan, and how well Australia's new leadership is handling these delicate relationships. 
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    • 25 min
    China's Strategic Ties to Russia with Professor Paul Dibb

    China's Strategic Ties to Russia with Professor Paul Dibb

    China and Russia are increasingly being mentioned in the same breaths. Just how close are these two autocratic superpowers? And how does this relationship influence their presences on the world stage?For expert insight into this question, Chris is joined by former defense intelligence official and Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb of the Strategic and Defense Studies Centre at the Australian National University.
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

schill89 ,

Questionable choice of host

It apears Chris Smith can't help but come in with his right wing political bias, especially regarding climate change. But what is strange is why he is hosting this show. Surely there are better suited Chinese-focused journalists to find. He doesn't even take the time to learn to say Chinese words properly. Considering that he supposedly spent three years in China working, you think he would have picked up a bit of the language.

The Travelling Boganberry ,

Whiny and partisan

I was looking forward to this. I very interested in understanding China and what I think - I try to keep an open mind - are it’s resentful shenanigans.

I was so disappointed.

This was just whiny, resentful, and sooky. There was nothing intellectual about it. There was no seeking to understand the inner workings of things. It was simply the petty enumeration of grievances. It reminded me very much of overhearing a meeting of minds between two conspiracy theorists.

I wasted a precious commute. 10
minutes in and I could stand it no longer and I reached for my phone while driving - it was that bad.

If you are a resentment-driven unreflective right-wing keyboard warrior who is looking for an outage fix or for ammunition to recite, this may be the podcast for you.

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