One of the most controversial policies in the government’s Asian Century white paper last year was the recommendation that, by 2025, one-third of ASX200 board members should have "deep experience and knowledge" of Asia. But what about our politicians?

Senator Nick Xenophon was caught out on the weekend engaging too closely in Malaysian politics for the ruling party’s liking, but how many of our other elected representatives are actively involved in Asia? A Crikey investigation of federal parliamentarians' taxpayer-funded international study tours has found the traditional focus on Europe and North America is changing -- although the ongoing dearth of trips to China is remarkable.