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Hidden Hand Reviews

Hidden Hand by Clive Hamilton, Mareike Ohlberg

Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World

Clive Hamilton, Mareike Ohlberg

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2 reviews

Imprint: Oneworld Publications
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 16 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781786077837

China is a growing threat to democracy and liberal values around the world

4 stars out of 5
11 Aug 2020

"This is a remarkable book with a chilling message"

This is a remarkable book with a chilling message. The Chinese Communist party, for which dominating rural China in order to encircle its cities and win the civil war is part of its historic backstory, is now intent on doing the same internationally. Using whatever lever comes to hand – generously financing a thinktank in Washington, owning a part-share of Rotterdam portencouraging “friendship” clubs like Britain’s 48 Group Club – it is aiming to create an international soft “discourse” and hard infrastructure that so encircles western power centres that the dominance of the party at home and abroad becomes unchallengeable.


4 stars out of 5
12 Jul 2020

"A revelatory look at the way China’s party state is spreading its influence"

Clive Hamilton, an Australian author who has already written about Chinese influence in his home country in a book called Silent Invasion, and Mareike Ohlberg, a China scholar from Germany, do not spare the footnotes in their exposé of China’s influence operations in the western democracies. They need to document their case because, as surely as the sun rises in the east, they will be suspected of paranoia, racism and, that old favourite, a “Cold War mentality”. Even before publication in the UK, the book has already caused a stir, with the 48 Group Club taking down a digital list of its fellows.