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China Panic: Australia’s Alternative to Paranoia and Pandering

China Panic: Australia’s Alternative to Paranoia and Pandering

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By David Brophy,

In this brilliant book, David Brophy takes apart Australia's China debate- its strange alliances and diplomatic failures. Justified criticism of China has too often given way to paranoia and exaggeration. While the xenophobic right hovers in the wings, some of the loudest voices decrying Chinese subversion come, unexpectedly, from the left. They call for new security laws, increased scrutiny of Chinese Australians and, if necessary, military force-a prescription for a sharp rightward turn in Australian politics.

In China Panic, Brophy offers a progressive alternative. Instead of punitive moves and chest-beating that will only make Australia more like China, we need solutions and strategies that strengthen Australian democracy.

DAVID BROPHY is a historian of Uyghur nationalism and the author of Uyghur Nation. He is a frequent commentator on the Xinjiang crisis and a senior lecturer in modern Chinese history at the University of Sydney.