(Image: WikiMedia)

Three days ago The Age had a most interesting opinion piece on China. No, no, come back, it's not Uhlmann! I wouldn't expose you to the thoughts of the lizard king on a Friday.

No, this was Peter Hartcher, busy transitioning from the man cabinet ministers leak to from within cabinet, to sage elder statesman of Australia's position in the world.

Well, it's better than Uhlmann. Hartcher is markedly less hysterical. If anything, he's a little old-school Age in looking at the rise of China and the alleged contradictions it now faces.