As the Turnbull government has lurched from crisis to crisis in the past week, seemingly unable to win even the smallest trick, modern China moved into its third era as its leader Xi Jinping took complete charge of the country, a triumphant dictator, after the ruling Communist Party’s quinquennial Congress -- with barely a sound from Canberra.

It’s worth remembering that China is Australia’s biggest trade partner, biggest buyer of our exports and biggest supplier of students to our international education industry. In short, China matters.