Hidden Hand

Pages: 432
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics
Imprint: Oneworld

Hidden Hand

Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World

Clive Hamilton, Mareike Ohlberg

China is a growing threat to democracy and liberal values around the world
9781786077837 (7 May 2020)
RRP £20.00 / US$30.00

The Book

Governments around the world are in the early stages of a repositioning of power, as China rises and the United States is drawn into direct competition. But some are beginning to wonder whether, for all of the economic benefits, engaging with China carries unseen dangers.

China is now determined to reshape the world in its image. The party is not interested in democracy. It divides the world into those who can be won over, and enemies. They have already lured many leaders to their corner; others are weighing up a devil's bargain.

Through its exercise of 'sharp power', the party is weakening global institutions, ferociously targeting individual corporations, and threatening freedom of expression from the arts to academia. At the same time, security services are increasingly worried about incursions into our communications infrastructure. Indeed, the vaunted Great Firewall is seen as a temporary measure, only necessary until the party has transformed the conversation at the global level. 

We have already missed too many warning signs - now it is time to wake up.

Additional Information

Subject Current Affairs, Politics
Pages 432
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Clive Hamilton is an Australian academic and author. His book on China's influence operations in Australia, Silent Invasion, was a national bestseller that propelled him to the centre of the China debate at home and abroad. His articles have appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, Foreign Affairs and THES.

Mareike Ohlberg is a research associate at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin. She is co-author of the 2018 report, jointly issued by MERICS and the Global Public Policy Institute, on China's growing political influence in Europe. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and other European outlets.