Saturday 18 Aug 2018 | 16:21 | SYDNEY

Westerners have presumed that China's rise will take a familiar trajectory incorporating first economic, then political and social development in a broadly liberal democratic, market-driven direction. The recent tensions with Australia underline the failure of that perspective to explain modern China and its rise. What is China today and where is it heading? At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 12 August, Asia-Pacific Editor of The Australian newspaper, Rowan Callick, explored the dimensions of the party-state.


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