Policy, Guns and Money: Beijing’s propaganda, climate change and Australia’s defence budget

In 2022, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, despite threats of retaliation from Beijing. ASPI’s Samantha Hoffman speaks to Nadège Rolland, a distinguished fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research, about Pelosi’s visit and the effectiveness of Beijing’s propaganda campaign.

While climate change is viewed primarily as an environmental challenge, Australia, like many other countries, is increasingly focused on its implications for national security. ASPI’s Robert Glasser speaks to Tobias Ide, a senior lecturer in politics and policy at Murdoch University, about climate change and Australia’s national security and how climate hazards can lead to conflict.

Last week was budget week in Canberra, and to break down the defence budget, ASPI director Bec Shrimpton speaks to ASPI senior fellow David Uren. They discuss defence projects and the usefulness, or otherwise, of measuring defence spending by GDP.