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Michael Smith in conversation

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Join us for the ultimate insider’s account of living and working in China in a period of unprecedented economic and social upheaval.

A late-night visit to his Shanghai laneway house by China’s notorious secret police triggered a diplomatic storm which abruptly ended Michael Smith’s stint as one of Australia’s last foreign correspondents in China. After five days under consular protection, Smith was evacuated from a very different China to the country he first visited 25 years earlier. Through first-person accounts of life on the ground and interviews with friends as well as key players in Chinese society right up to the country’s richest man, The Last Correspondent explores what China’s rise to become the world’s newest superpower means for Australia and the rest of the world.

Michael will be in conversation with State Library Victoria’s Chief Executive and former ABC News Director, Kate Torney.

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The Last Correspondent: Dispatches from the frontline of Xi's new China

The Last Correspondent: Dispatches from the frontline of Xi’s new China

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