In yet another attack on the Turnbull government by the China Lobby today, it's a shame Bob Carr didn't update his usual apologetics for keeping on good terms with Beijing to take account of real-world developments.

In a screed lamenting that Australia had not worked with China to help it establish a powerful role in the Pacific, or embraced its Belt-and-Road economic imperialism (sorry, "put ourselves in the vanguard of Western nations which respect China's global conversation about infrastructure"), Carr complained "right now New Zealand could open such a dialogue with China, or for that matter Canada or France."