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Opinion: To improve China-Australia relations, Beijing must accommodate liberal values rather than use its influence to suppress open critical discussion in Chinese-language media abroad

4 weeks ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
The salient feature of China’s propaganda apparatus is not its content production or its information dissemination but rather its efforts at content control and suppression, managed through relations with the state censorship and policing apparatus, including the United Front Department in dealing with Chinese overseas," writes John Fitzgerald. "Unless Beijing can adjust its behavior to accommodate the liberal values, public trust, and open and inclusive civic culture that together shape Australia’s national character, there can be no basis for a relationship beyond transactional trade relations."
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is the editor-in-chief of SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.