As China Extends Its Reach Abroad, When Does Influence Become Interference?

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses with Chinese President Xi Jinping for a photo ahead of the G-20 summit, Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016 (Pool photo by Wang Zhao via AP).
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses with Chinese President Xi Jinping for a photo ahead of the G-20 summit, Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016 (Pool photo by Wang Zhao via AP).

Over the past six months, debates have grown in Australia and New Zealand about whether China is wielding more political influence within their borders than at any time in recent memory. In September, a New Zealand academic, Anne-Marie Brady, released an exhaustive report detailing Beijing’s efforts to influence the country’s politics. Tactics included trying to control organizations representing the ethnic Chinese community in New Zealand and channeling money to politicians and educational institutions. In late 2017, New Zealand’s deputy prime minister called for an investigation into the vetting process for national security clearances, after Brady and several reporters revealed that […]

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