Vision China Times Australia hosted a forum on 1 December 2019 in Brisbane’s Calamvale on the topic of: How Can Australia’s Democracy Counter Covert, Coercive and Corruptive Influence from the Chinese Communist Party?
With the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party around the globe, there is a serious and urgent need for discussions by democracies for a comprehensive strategy to counter the disruptive and damaging parts of this influence.
This influence has not only been destructive to regions such as Hong Kong and Taiwan but has also torn the fabric of harmony within the overseas Chinese diaspora, including Australia. As a result, the Chinese communities have once again been thrown into the limelight against the backdrop of ongoing Hong Kong protests and the upcoming Taiwan election in 2020.
The purpose of this forum is to connect the Chinese community, which is often isolated from these discussions, with Australia’s mainstream. We invited both Western and Chinese background experts to the panel to address this important topic that is facing our liberal society today.
Chuiliang Qiu, professor at the University of Queensland and and former National Policy Advisor to the president of Republic of China
Euan Graham, Executive Director of La Trobe Asia
Wai Ling Yeung, China researcher and former head of Chinese studies at Curtin University
Nick McKenzie, senior investigative journalist and deputy chief editor of Nine and Fairfax
Alex Joske, Analyst at the International Cyber Policy Centre