Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg, Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World(London, England: Oneworld, 2020)


Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor, Reitaku University Jason M. Morgan

Australian ethicist and public affairs researcher Clive Hamilton dropped a depth charge on the Australian establishment two years ago with the publication of Silent Invasion, a meticulously-researched exposé of how deeply the Chinese Communist Party has penetrated Australian academia, government, think tanks, the media, elite networks, and even daily life. The book was so damning for Beijing that it pressured Hamiltonʼs initial publisher into dropping the text from its catalog, but when the book was eventually released by a different press it became a bestseller.
The Japanese translation of Silent Invasion(rendered in Japanese as “invisible invasion”) was brought out to similar acclaim. Almost impalpably, the Chinese Communist Party has been infiltrating institutions and entire cultures throughout the world, and Hamilton ʼs book was among the first mass-market titles to give shape to the shadows. In Japan as in Australia, readers of Silent Invasion wondered just how badly their countries had been sold over to the Chinese.