Kevin Rudd

The Australia-China relationship is in a deep freeze, and if we’re to believe the China lobby, it’s all because Malcolm Turnbull made gratuitous use of a (probably apocryphal) quote from Chairman Mao.

Turnbull’s proclamation in December that "Australia has stood up", was so egregious that, according to the AFR, "the Chinese" were "particularly outraged" by it and regarded it as "a totally unnecessary and deliberate insult".