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When correspondents Bill Birtles and Michael Smith abruptly left China in September 2020 after late night visits from China’s notorious secret police, it marked the first time in decades that Australia had no journalists on the ground. Bill went on to write The Truth About China: Propaganda, Patriotism and the Search for Truth. He joins Trevor Watson, the co-editor of The Beijing Bureau, a collection of essays from some of Australia’s leading correspondents based in China from 1970 to the near present, and Hong Kong-based China correspondent Sue-Lin Wong, to discuss their experiences and insights, in a conversation led by Melissa Roberts, co-editor of The Beijing Bureau.

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