Beijing ripped off the mask yesterday, releasing a dossier to Nine journalists accusing the Australian government of poisoning bilateral relations, including a handy list of 14 disputes. In briefing the media, a Chinese official reportedly remarked: “If you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy.”
But is the dossier really "extraordinary", as the Nine newspapers chose to label it?
"I was a bit underwhelmed," said Australia China Relations Institute director James Laurenceson. "There's really nothing on that list that we don't already know China are already annoyed about."