24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Linda Jakobson

Linda Jakobson is an award-winning, internationally recognised author of six books on China. A Mandarin speaker, she worked as a researcher and policy adviser in China for 22 years before moving to Sydney in 2011 to become East Asia Program Director at the Lowy Institute. In 2015 she founded China Matters, an Australian public policy initiative. A Finnish national she is a permanent resident of Australia.


Canberra Writers Festival events

China Matters: in conversation

Described as "simply the best all-round guide for how Australians must learn to live with China’s power", China Matters examines China’s unique dynamism and contradictions - ranging from business ties to the growing influence of the Chinese Government in Australia.

Sunday 27th August 2017, 1:30pm. University House, Australian National University.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the book

China Matters is coauthored by Linda Jakobson and Bates Gill.

Australia and China face a new era, but are we ready?

The book discusses how Australia’s prosperity and security are linked to China as never before. But what kind of a country is China becoming? Will its demand for Australian goods and services increase? Can the Communist Party continue to keep the middle class satisfied while cracking down on political freedoms? How will China use its economic and military might, especially if challenged by President Trump?

China Matters is a concise overview of China today, and the implications for Australia. Written by Australia-based, internationally renowned China-watchers Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson, it examines the country’s unique dynamism and contradictions. It delves into everything from business ties to the growing influence of the Chinese government in Australia. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand China’s complexities and how Australia should respond to secure our future.

China Matters is published by Black Inc.

Buy this book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

China has turned on its charm on Australia, but it won't last forever, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 2017.

Donald Trump's big Syria disaster was a much-needed diversion for a summit with no strategy, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 2017.

Australia must reshape links with China, The Australian, April 2017.


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