Michael Smith Last Correspondent & Relations Between Australia & China

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Michael Smith is the China correspondent for the AFR – Australia’s Financial Review. View his Twitter here.

Just a tick over a year ago, he was met at midnight with a thud on the door from China’s secret police. This triggered a diplomatic storm which abruptly ended his stint as one of Australia’s last foreign correspondents in China. In all the drama, after five days under consular protection, he was evacuated from a very different China to the country he first visited 23 years earlier.

There is much to this podcast, in it you can expect to learn about…

  • Why Australia’s relationship with China has deteriorated so badly.
  • Insight’s into the ‘fog’ of China’s economy.
  • A wedding straight out of Crazy Rich Asians.
  • A propaganda tour of the Xinjiang province.
  • And much, much more…

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Time Stamps For My Podcast With Michael Smith Last Correspondent

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 05:40 – “China Get’s Harder To Understand The Longer You Live There”
  • 11:39 – Untrustworthy Chinese Data & Differences In Accounting
  • 18:10 – Home Ownership In China & Potential Economic Collapse
  • 22:55 – Chinese Shadow Banking Sector
  • 25:56 – Chinese Demographic Problems & Anti Immigration Segment
  • 33:26 – Explaining China’s Disappearing Millionaires & The Importance Of Hard Work In China
  • 43:26 – The Significance Of Chinese SEZ (Special Economic Zones)
  • 46:16 – Xi Jinping Turning ‘Bad’
  • 56:50 – Michaels Propaganda Tour Through Xinjiang & The Uyghur Humanitarian Catastrophe
  • 1:03:49 – Michael’s Experiences With Geoff Raby
  • 1:05:15 – Why Michael Was Expelled From China & Australia/China Worsening Relations
  • 1:19:20 – Michael’s Thoughts On Taiwan & Hong Kong
  • 1:33:04 – Wild Trip in North Korea & The Crazy Rich Asian Wedding
  • 1:43:50 – How Do You Think About China Now?
  • 1:45:17 – What Country Are You Most Bullish On?
  • 1:46:37 – What Two People Of History Would You Witness A Conversation Between?

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