Ongoing volatility is causing intense debate about how to manage relations between the two powerful nation, which is only likely to become more challenging.
The prime minister's China "reset" speech indicates he has yielded to diplomatic advice to separate domestic politics from foreign policy.
China has taken an incremental approach to cementing its control over the disputed waters, making the US and its allies powerless to stop it.
For China, national amnesia has become a 'state-sponsored sport'. Memories of events deemed sensitive by the state are not just forgotten, they are winnowed out and selectively deleted.
Australia's recently announced review of its national fuel stockpiles is timely indeed. The country is almost totally reliant on oil being shipped through some of the world's most contested regions.
Unstable relations between China and Vietnam are affecting the lives of Hmong highlanders in surprising ways.
The contestation of Asia will continue this year, with many countries facing internal and external battles.
Narratives of nationalism has risen following news about illegal fishing by countries including China in South China Sea. Will nationalistic pride affect regional stability?
China's actions in the South China Sea are getting scant attention at Davos. But if the Chinese set a precedent for other rogue nations, there will be a profound impact on global free trade.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in China to discuss a trade deal. It's laughable for Canada to believe it can negotiate a "progressive" trade agenda with the Chinese.
When Obama was president, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to break up with America. Is it time to make up?
Australia and Indonesia should collaborate to address challenges in the South China Sea and help de-escalate great power tensions.
No-one knows quite how things will play out, but most likely Xi will bend the norms of the party to allow him to place enough supporters in key posts without completely upending the system.
As North Korea ups the missile ante, it's time for Canada to take a meaningful stand against China's continued sly backing of its atrocious ally.
David Petraeus argued there's more continuity than change in Donald Trump's foreign policy.
UPDATED Will reports of China's increased militarisation in the South China Sea upset the delicate waltz between Washington and Beijing?
In a speech to the National Press Club on Thursday, Gareth Evans lambasted Donald Trump and called on Australia to become more self-reliant.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent trip to Asia offers some insights into how the Trump administration might deal with China.
The US's military heft in East Asia may have met its match.
Now, more than at any time in our history, Australia needs a relationship with China 'comparable with that which we have, or seek, with other major powers'.