Liu's disastrous interview on Sky News forced the government into a full scale defence of her, saying that Labor, in pursuing her, was being “xenophobic” and “grubby”.
Michelle Grattan discusses the increasing strain on the Australia-China relationship following the arrest of Dr. Yang Hengjun, and the government's draft religious discrimination legislation.
The Morrison government is setting up a University Foreign Interference Taskforce, as it grapples with encroachments by China into Australia's higher education sector.
China cutting coal imports from Australia by 25% would equate to every Australian having $24 less to spend a year.
Nuances and complexities will characterise Australia's relationship with China for the foreseeable future.
The standoff over Australian coal imports through Dalian sends a powerful political message: that Beijing can turn imports off and on at will.
Trade wars are generally bad. But far worse for Australia is that the US and China make peace through a deal to establish a bilateral world order.
Australia's Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act is at least a step in the right direction.
The unexplained detention of author and diplomat Yang Hengjun has raised more questions about the motives of a Chinese government under stress from within and without.
An edited extract of an interview which is published in partnership with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
The Australia-China relationship involves walls and whispers, as well as all the rhetoric about trust and respect.
Interviews with Chinese executives confirm the political debate about China is creating feelings of being unwelcome and apprehensive about investing in Australia.
Anxiety about China's rise is unlikely to abate any time soon – Australia needs to remain calm and realise the region is changing rapidly.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in politics.
The Coalition reels from its 30th consecutive Newspoll loss, while Australia's relationship with China comes under pressure.
The reports are speculative at best, but that hasn't stopped a torrent of over-wrought commentary on Chinese military expansion and the potential threat to Australia.
China scholars disagree on the extent of Chinese influence on Australian politics – but it may be there are more points of agreement than most scholars realise.
The author of the controversial Silent Invasion argues it's not the book, but the reaction to it, that has highlighted something troubling in Australian intellectual life.
Clive Hamilton’s book is perhaps a useful reminder that we must not be naïve about our relationship with China, but his prescription is the wrong direction for tackling the genuine issues he raises.
Official Chinese editorials give an insight into Beijing's reaction to the stories swirling around about Chinese influence – and it's not good news.