Covering China has become an increasingly challenging task, but now foreign journalists like Australians Bill Birtles and Mike Smith are being expelled from the country at an alarming rate.
There has not yet been an explanation for the detention of the CGTN news anchor, but it is difficult to untangle it from deeply strained relations between China and Australia.
A recent poll from the Lowy Institute shows
“unprecedented shifts” in Australian public opinion
'Hostage diplomacy' is a relatively recent term for an old practice - and one that appears to have a set place in China's diplomatic arsenal.
China’s bullying behaviour, its threatened resort to a form of economic blackmail and its attempts to drive a wedge between Canberra and Washington mark a vexed new frontier for Australian diplomacy.
Launching journalist Peter Hartcher's Quarterly Essay, Red Flag: Waking up to China's challenge, Rudd said “we have become too China-dependent. We need to diversify further".
This may turn out to be a major threat to Australian security, but it is important that the political class – including the media – not overreact to the "China threat".
Coalition members of parliament Andrew Hastie and James Paterson will have to “repent and redress their mistakes” before they are welcome in China.
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.