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Discourse power 'with Chinese characteristics'

Book review of Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping the World

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China | China Communist Party

Shyam Saran 



Book cover of Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping the World
Book cover of Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping the World

Clive Hamilton gained prominence as the author of Silent Invasion,which investigated in careful detail the insidious manner in which had managed to penetrate the government, political parties and civil society of Australia through a mix of blandishments, blackmail and open threats. It was a lesson in how the vulnerabilities of an open and democratic society can be exploited for political subversion. Mr Hamilton has now joined Mareike Ohlberg of the Berlin-based Mercator Institute to produce a comprehensive survey of how the Communist Party of (CCP) operates a sophisticated and variegated tool-kit to engage in a well-orchestrated and increasingly expansive exercise to create and sustain a “global discourse with Chinese characteristics”. The aim is to foster a narrative about the inevitability of China’s overwhelming power, the superiority of its Party-led governance system, and the futility of any resistance or opposition.

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First Published: Mon, September 14 2020. 00:53 IST

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