“David Uren brings the last 40 years of Australia–China relations to life, with entertaining stories of many Australians and Chinese building today’s interdependence and prosperity, and of others stumbling as China grew. An informative start to understanding Australia’s interaction with China as it emerged as a great power.” Ross Garnaut
China has rapidly become Australia’s most important trading partner. It is also the rising power in our region. In The Kingdom and the Quarry, David Uren takes us inside the high-stakes world of the two countries’ relationship. Covering everything from resource grabs to diplomatic manoeuvres, this is an authoritative and news-breaking book that reveals key political and business events of recent times and tells us what really happened.
Uren paints vivid portraits of new billionaires like Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and Clive Palmer seizing their chance, of BHP and Rio Tinto playing off Chinese interests and the Australian government, of Kevin Rudd feuding with China’s leaders, and of a new world of security, investment and opportunity. Above all he gives an unparalleled sense of fear and greed in the corridors of power.
David Uren is economics editor of The Australian, a former editor of Business Review Weekly and Asia Inc, and the author (with Lenore Taylor) of the acclaimed Shitstorm: Inside Labor’s Darkest Days.