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  • Alex Wok

The Media's Portrayal of Chinese Influence


  • Peter Varghese, former head of DFAT, expressed concern over the “willingness of political parties” to accept foreign donations. He believes these donations are made “with a purpose”, and suggests that they may be made with the interests of the Chinese Communist Party in mind.


is media coverage of China’s

influence in Australia misdirected,

or healthy criticism and debate?


  1. The Australian Financial Review, Australia bans foreign political donations, cracks down on offshore influence

  2. The Sydney Morning Herald, China’s Operation in Australia: Payments, power and our politicians

  3. The Guardian, Chinese influence on Australia is 'fabricated' by media, China claims

  4. TheAustralian-China Relations Institute, Media Coverage of Chinese students in Australia

  5. VIDEO: Linda Jakobson, La Trobe University, ‘Kevin Rudd on China’s rise and a new world order

  6. The Trumpet, Australian Politicians Accepting Chinese Money

  7. The Guardian, Turnbull told to ‘discard prejudice’ as China denies interfering in domestic affairs

  8. The Conversation, Beyond the war of words: how might the Australian media’s coverage of China affect social cohesion?

  9. The Sydney Morning Herald, Free speech fears after book critical of China is pulled from publication

  10. The Conversation, How should Australia respond to China’s influence in our universities?