- Narrated by: Michael Smith
- Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
- Release date: 08-16-21
The Last Correspondent AudioBook Summary
The ultimate insider’s account: living and working in China in a period of unprecedented economic and social upheaval.
It was just after midnight when China’s notorious secret police came knocking.
A late-night visit to his Shanghai laneway house by China’s notorious secret police triggered a diplomatic storm which abruptly ended Michael Smith’s stint as one of Australia’s last foreign correspondents in China. After five days under consular protection, Smith was evacuated from a very different China to the country he first visited 25 years earlier.
The late-night visit marked a new twist in Australia’s 50-year diplomatic relationship with China which was now coming apart at the seams. But it also symbolised the authoritarianism creeping into every aspect of society under President Xi Jinping over the last three years.