As Australia treads the line between infuriating Beijing and alienating Washington, it's no longer about just talking the talk – we're expected to walk the walk.
It's perfectly legal to undertake foreign government 'training courses'. Just don't keep it a secret.
Journalists need to do their homework before drawing links between Beijing's United Front efforts and the work of community groups run by Chinese Australians.
While Xi is running things, we can expect to hear much more about Australian racism and Australian lapdogs dancing to American tunes.
The premier has hung an albatross around his neck, and the necks of any future Victorian governments.
An excessive focus on relations with China and the US is distracting Australians from planning for a strategically-resilient country fit for the post-pandemic world.
When the anti-Australia writings of a once-disregarded columnist are in lockstep with the Chinese government, Australia should be worried.
Rather than ask whether Australia should trust China, we should probably be asking whether it is possible to build trust between such incommensurable value systems.
How the coronavirus started remains a burning question. But the answer most favoured by the Chinese regime raises even deeper questions about the role played by traditional medicine in the growth of the country's global influence