Timor-Leste is facing the prospect of recession, after a ruling party abstained from supporting its own budget.
Australia will be heartened by Taiwan's rejection of Beijing, but should expect regional tensions to escalate.
Controversial think tank China Matters is largely funded by Australian taxpayers, and yet they get no representation on its board.
While protests continue to be a new part of daily life in Hong Kong, the region's status as an economic hub seems to be standing strong.
Once a tough talker on China-Australia relations, Kevin Rudd has assiduously rebuilt his ties with Beijing and worked his way back into its good graces.
Former senator Nick Xenophon has drawn heat after it was announced that his legal and advisory firm brought in Huawei as a client. But he's hardly the first Australian to take a job spruiking for the Chinese technology giant.
The People's Liberation Army are yet to move on Hong Kong, but their appearance in the city presents an alarming outcome for protesters and journalists currently targeted by authorities.
The massive, opaque China Poly Group — known for links to the Chinese army — is eyeing off an enormous property splurge in Sydney.
Australia's business elites continue to rub shoulders with the United Front Work Department — a secretive arm of the Chinese Communist Party.