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Publishers are being urged to stop self-censoring in response to Chinese government intimidation.

Yesterday Allen&Unwin shelved a book on Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia because of unspecified threats from China, speculated to also relate to blocking the publisher’s books from their vast market.

Professor Anne-Marie Brady, who translates Chinese propaganda campaigns, says New Zealand and Australia need tougher laws against China's political influence pedalling. But she warns that not all threats can be legislated, and nations need to stand up to anti-democratic pressure.

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