When it comes to China, both sides of politics are guilty of pandering.
When it comes to dealing with the Chinese government, there is a big difference between sensible caution and needless provocation. Australia must choose wisely.
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.
Anybody interested in the fate of Taiwan — one of the most potent flash-points in Asia Pacific — should be watching events in Hong Kong closely.
It's well known that business and politics cannot be separated in China. But, for once, Canberra is not standing by while the rights of an Australian are infringed.
Protests and counter-protests across the country have proven the CCP has more internal support than Australia bargained for.
New extradition laws with Beijing are just another step in the erosion of Hong Kong's political and legal autonomy. The effects will be huge for the region.