In conversation with Peter Hartcher


Peter Hartcher will be in conversation with Mark Kenny on Peter's new Quarterly Essay, Red Flag. Waking Up to China's Challenge. China has become a key nation for Australia's future - for our security, economy and identity. But what are China's intentions when it comes to Australia?  Peter Hartcher reveals how Beijing stepped up its campaign for influence, over hearts and minds, mineral and agricultural resources, media outlets and sea lanes. Reactions so far have included panic, xenophobia and all-the- way-with-the-USA, but the challenge now is to think hard about the national interest and respond with wisdom to a changed world.

This urgent, authoritative essay blends reporting and analysis, and covers the local scene as well as the larger geopolitical picture. It casts fresh light on Beijing's plans and actions, and outlines a way forward. "For all its power, China is neither all-powerful nor irresistible. Australia can shape its engagement with Beijing." Peter Hartcher,

Peter Hartcher is the political editor and international editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, a gold Walkley award winner ,a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a political commentator with Sky News. He has been writing about power and politics, war and peace, booms and busts for more than 30 years. His books include Bubble Man, The Sweet Spot and To the Bitter End.

Mark Kenny is Senior Fellow at the Australian Studies Institute, ANU, an appointment following a high-profile journalistic career culminating in six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times. He is a regular on the ABC's Insiders program, Sky News Agenda, and radio programs across the country.

Pre-event book signings will be available from 5:30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and books will be available to purchase.