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Michael Smith was the China correspondent for The Australian Financial Review. He is currently based in Sydney.

Michael Smith has been covering China for over 20 years and is currently the China correspondent for the Australian Financial Review. He lived and reported from China up until September 2020, when the Chinese government compelled the last Australian journalists to leave the country. He currently resides in Sydney with his partner.

Today, Michael Smith is on the blog to answer a few of our questions about his new book, The Last Correspondent: Dispatches from Xi’s New China.

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