Professor of Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University
Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and academic. Since 2008 he has been Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra. Previously, he was Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a progressive think tank he founded. He has held visiting academic positions at the University of Oxford, University College London, Sciences Po, and Yale University. Professor Hamilton’s opinions have been published in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Nature, Scientific American and the Guardian. His books include Growth Fetish, Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change and Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene.
His book on China’s influence in Australia, Silent Invasion, became a focus of public debate when publishing companies decided to reject it for fear of retribution from Beijing. It was finally published, by Hardie Grant Books, at the end of February 2018 and became an immediate best-seller. He is frequently asked to comment on the PRC’s overseas influence strategies, including testifying before the Australian Parliament and the United States Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
2018 marked the 40th anniversary of China’s economic reform and opening up. Today China’s investments are global, enabled by new mechanisms and initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the trillion-dollar Belt-and-Road initiative. The country’s strategic investment in communication infrastructure positions China as one of the leading players in future technologies. These developments have brought economic benefits to countries, among other positive externalities. At the same time, they have cast China’s global influence apparatus in the spotlight. Examples include various countries’ intelligence assessment of Chinese political influence and newly-enacted laws targeting foreign influence. What can we learn about China’s influence in countries near and far? In what form will it manifest itself in the information environment?