Conflicts are hurtling toward us. But what is the response from the foreign policy establishment? Absolutely nothing of consequence.
Crikey readers discuss political lies and potential improvements to Australia-China relations.
Politicians may try to ignore it, but they will eventually have to start talking honestly about Chinese influence this election cycle.
Good morning, early birds. Chinese officials reportedly targeted Australian residents over a secret investigation into Chinese influence in Australia, and the Coalition and Labor each enjoy a bump in the polls. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
After a tumultuous few years, incoming ambassador Graham Fletcher inherits a job that will require the navigation of some fraught waters
Who can forget the screams about the proposed "Consensus Centre" run by climate change sceptic Bjorn Lomborg? But our universities are chock-full of "Confucius Institutes" meant to peddle the Chinese Communist Party's soft power.
On the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre Australia needs a politician to stand up to China, as Bob Hawke did. But pollies with that moral rectitude are thin on the ground.
Australia's relationship with China is somewhat fraught at the moment, so Turnbull will have to walk a fine line to keep the discussion strictly business.