The Fifth Estate: The World’s Largest Party: China

The Fifth Estate: The World's Largest Party: China

As the Communist Party of China’s 18th National Congress oversees the biggest leadership transition in decades, Sally Warhaft catches up with China watcher and correspondent John Garnaut to examine the world’s largest, and perhaps most complex and intriguing, political system — plus the country that envelopes it.

What does the handover of power to a new president and prime minister mean for the Chinese people? How will the incumbent president, Xi Jinping, combine economic growth and political stability? Will the Chinese Communist Party clamp down on dissent or loosen control? And how does the changing of the guard affect Australia and the world?


Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

Portrait of John Garnaut

John Garnaut

John Garnaut is China correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, and also writes for Foreign Policy magazine. He joined Fairfax in 2002 as an economics journalist after working as a commercial lawyer.

His work on China has been recognised with several awards, including the 2009 Walkley Award for Scoop of the Year, for reporting the detention of Australian Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu.

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