101 East

Australia’s China Dream

We investigate why the relationship between the two countries has hit rock bottom and meet the individuals paying the price.

An escalating diplomatic feud between Australia and China is exposing the risks of doing business with one of the world’s biggest superpowers.

Beijing, incensed by a series of perceived slights from Canberra, including a call for an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic, has hit major Australian export industries with crippling sanctions. In Australia, concerns Beijing is infiltrating politics to secure critical infrastructure have led security agencies to launch raids against suspected Chinese operatives and lay the first charges under new foreign influence laws.

101 East meets the individuals caught in the middle of this volatile dispute.