Australia’s relationship with China is increasingly defined by its hawkish rhetoric and the talk of military confrontation.

But are fears of China expansion realistic and justified, what role do think tanks with connections to the arms industry play and is Australia’s media unquestioningly rubber stamping anti-China sentiment?

Speaking with experts and politicians, including former NSW premier Bob Carr and career diplomat Bruce Haigh, Nicholas Rupolo looks at the role of successive Australian governments and asks if the Australian Strategic Policy Institute is having a disproportionate influence on the government’s defence policy.

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