Beijing's suspension of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue sends a strong signal it is prepared to escalate tensions.
The likelihood of open conflict is low, given the risks to China and the US. With the Biden administration treading carefully over Taiwan, why is there so much loose talk of war in Canberra?
The move is designed to demonstrate to the Australian public, the Chinese leadership, and Australia's allies that Canberra is holding firm in its 'push back' against Beijing.
There's a sizeable gap between Western perceptions of the role of journalists in democratic societies and China’s view that media should serve the interests of the state.
Workplace culture, management systems and recruitment processes are holding Chinese-Australians back from making meaningful contributions to China policy.
China's import restrictions hurt Australia, but they also hurt China. In more ways than one.
With scant details of the reasons for the news anchor's arrest, the future looks grim for Cheng Lei with Beijing signalling its intent for a full-scale criminal investigation.
Tehan will outline some ideas for re-engaging with China at his first press conference this week. The business community will be watching closely.
As China's influence and economic strength grows, it is unlikely to give middle powers like Australia more latitude to manage their relations with both Beijing and Washington.
Australia's policy-makers are pursuing a one-dimensional "stand up to Chinese bullying" approach — and it clearly isn't working.
China's attacks on Australia may seem over the top, but they are meant to achieve specific goals — playing to a nationalist domestic audience and making an example of Australia to the world.
Blinken's nomination will put pressure on Australia to do more on climate change, but offer hopes of reconciliation in its fractious relationship with China.
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.