Politics and International Relations
The rise and rise of the People’s Republic of China has in recent years been accompanied by a growing realization that it is also exporting elements of its domestic political system to wherever there are populations of long-established communities of Overseas Chinese and/or recent arrivals. Foreign governments are now increasingly aware that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) United Front Work Department (UFWD) may be active, not only in Chinese communities, but in some cases, reaching out in various ways to local politicians in order to influence and promote the CCP’s goals. Study of the Party’s influence and united front operations has long been overlooked or ignored but recent revelations of its extent in places like Australia and New Zealand mean that governments and researchers are again paying it much needed attention.
This panel brings together expertise from around the world to discuss united front work in principle and practice as well as particular instances domestic and international, historical or current, in order to better understand and explain the nature, implications and lessons of this influence of this work for the contemporary world.