Lessons on China from Australia and Canada

Distrust and fear of Communist Party interference in society is rising across the world. Ciara Morris on the need to separate negative views of China with ethnicity

The World Today Published 16 September 2021 3 minute READ

Ciara Morris

Policy Officer, China Matters

Although separated by the world’s largest ocean, Australia and Canada have a lot in common. 

Both are western middle-power democracies and allies of the United States that struggle to manage relations with an increasingly assertive and powerful China. Both have similar populations of people of Chinese heritage.

And both have been subjected to illegal and coercive foreign interference from China.

In 2018, Australia enacted controversial national security legislation with the intention of reducing the risk of foreign interference. The legislation was drafted without naming any particular country, although political commentary made it clear China was a main target.

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