Silent Invasion: Understanding China’s Influence Operations in the West

China’s influence operations have become a growing concern among liberal-democratic countries around the world. Australia has been at the forefront of such efforts, with reports of China’s massive cash donations to political parties, mobilization of student associations on campuses, monitoring of Chinese nationals, including students, and efforts to control the national discussion through media partnerships, Confucius Institutes, and funding of academic centres.

Yet Australia is not alone. Other countries have also found themselves targeted by the Chinese government – from New Zealand to the United States to Canada.

To shed light on the dangers posed by Chinese influence operations, MLI is pleased to be hosting a special event that will feature a keynote address by Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Dr. Hamilton is the author of Silent Invasion: China’s influence in Australia, which was published by Hardie Grant after three other publishers pulled out citing fear of punishment from Beijing. It became an immediate best-seller.

Following his keynote, MLI will host a panel discussion that will bring together a range of experts on security, diplomacy and business to offer their thoughts on Hamilton’s comments, help us understand what China’s strategies and tactics are, and how we must understand issues such as investment by China in Canadian firms.


  • Clive Hamilton, author of Silent Invasion: China’s influence in Australia


  • Clive Hamilton, author of Silent Invasion: China’s influence in Australia
  • Duanjie Chen, Munk Senior Fellow, MLI
  • Michel Juneau-Katsuya, former CSIS Officer and Manager
  • Richard Owens, Munk Senior Fellow, MLI

Moderated by:

  • Robert Fife, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Globe and Mail

 Event details:

  • Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Time: 10 am – 12 pm (Registration starts at 9:30 am)
  • Location: Kildare House, 323 Chapel Street, Ground Floor

For more information about the event, including registration, please contact Allison Carrigan at


Is the venue close to public transit?

Yes, the following bus routes come close to the venue:

  • Bus 19 – Stop located at Laurier & Chapel (1 minute walk)
  • Bus 16 – Stop located at Chapel & Somerset (4 minute walk)
  • Bus 7 – Stop located at Rideau & Friel (9 minute walk)

What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?

We will obtain a special occassion parking permit from the City, which will enable overtime parking (where parking is permitted) on the following streets:

  • Chapel Street
  • Blackburn Avenue
  • Russell Avenue
  • Sweetland Avenue
  • Goulbourn Avenue

We will provide a copy of this permit to registrants closer to the event, and will also have some copies available at the registration desk.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Allison at

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