The US has raised its tariffs on Chinese imports, bring the two nations to the brink of a trade war.
Countries may be forced to choose whether they side with the US or China when it comes to Huawei.
Italy is neither the first, nor will it be the last European economy to follow its own national interest and look for Chinese support.
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.
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.
The clock is ticking before the US ramps up tariffs on Chinese imports.
Meng Wanzhou's arrest in Canada has caused further tensions in the strained relationship between China and the US.
Despite agreeing to a ceasefire, the two sides offered differing depictions of their trade war truce that show a lasting peace may still be out of reach.
We may be on the cusp of a full-blow trade war that could reconfigure globalisation.
At a time when the rules-based trading system is being shredded and the Paris Agreement risks unravelling, it is vital that the G20 meeting between the two superpowers is a constructive one.
PNG is enjoying unfamiliar global attention after the APEC summit earlier this week, and the rivalry between the United States and China to exert influence in the region.
Summit season is usually a bit of a bore - worthy subjects lost in acronyms and diplomatic niceties. Not so this year as US-China tensions tore at the fabric of multi-lateralism.
Ongoing volatility is causing intense debate about how to manage relations between the two powerful nation, which is only likely to become more challenging.
Cold War 2.0 may not be fanciful: The US and China are plainly entering a period of significant geopolitical rivalry, and each has ambitions that are mutually incompatible.
The US economy has rarely looked stronger, but it could all come crashing down just in time for the next presidential election.
Brexit Britain should be especially concerned.
The US and China must work together to reform the global trade system. Their economies are too entwined for a trade war.
The brewing US-China trade war is probably linked to the Chinese government's attempts to revamp its industry.
Expectations for Trump’s engagement with the region may be low, but the same could not be said for the stakes at a time of considerable uncertainty and risk.
The comparison between ancient Athens and modern China, and Sparta and the US, through the Thucydides Trap, has its limitations.