Mr. Richard McGregor is a senior fellow for East Asia at the Lowy Institute, Sydney. He is a former journalist and author who has won numerous awards for his reporting in China and East Asia. McGregor is an expert on the Chinese political system – his book, The Party, on the inner-workings of the Chinese Communist Party, published in 2010, was called a “masterpiece” by The Economist. Translated into seven languages, The Party was chosen by the Asia Society and Mainichi Shimbun in Japan as their book of the year in 2011. As the Former Bureau Chief of Financial Times in Beijing and Washington D.C., he led a team of senior reporters in both capitals for one of the world’s biggest business newspaper. His book on Sino-Japanese relations, Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan and the Fate of US in the Pacific Century, published in 2017, was called “best book of the year” by the Literary Review in the UK. His most recent book, Xi Jinping: The Backlas1h, was published by Penguin Australia in August, 2019.
In recent years Australia-India relations has been popularised by Australian politicians as one sharing the three common interests of cricket, curry and commonwealth or the 3Cs. In reality, the three most common interests shared by Australia and India would be cricket, curry and China.
Chinese political system
Senior Fellow for East Asia at the Lowy Institute, Sydney
Former Journalist & Author
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