Former Trade Minister Andrew Robb's criticism may be a little exaggerated, but there's no doubt the relationship is tricky and still needs work.
No matter who forms government after the next election, managing Australia's relationship with China will continue to be a major challenge, and vitally important in a region remaking itself.
Darwin is now on the front line in managing tensions between Australia’s most important strategic ally and partner and its major trading partner.
Hong Kong's CKI taking over Australian infrastructure company APA Group has been ruled against the national interest. That's rare, but not a huge deal.
Marise Payne this week became the first Australian foreign minister to visit China in three years – another indication that the frost in the relationship is thawing.
The prime minister's China "reset" speech indicates he has yielded to diplomatic advice to separate domestic politics from foreign policy.
The bill makes it easier for states and territories to seek help from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to respond to terrorist and other violent occurrences.
Chinese financing and know-how present both a threat and an opportunity for infrastructure development. Australia can benefit from proactively identifying needs that Chinese investment can help meet.
Sport has a history of providing opportunities for détente, or at least discussion - and there's every chance the AFL's latest venture to China could do just that.