With revelations about Chinese company ZTE's generosity with bribes as it vies for local contracts, the China Lobby has picked an odd time to issue its latest demand: the sacking of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Undeterred by controversy around the Chinese telecoms firm, one of the Lobby's most senior figures, former ambassador to Beijing Geoff Raby, has issued marching orders from the Middle Kingdom, where his consultancy firm is "based".