It's 'a dystopian future, something like we've never had to navigate before'. Former ambassador to China Geoff Raby and Centre for Independent Studies executive director Tom Switzer sat down with Crikey Inside Access members to talk China.
The price of Trump's hospitality may well be cementing the Australia-US military bond even further.
With China renewing its commitment to territorial claims, and reactionaries like Donald Trump at the helm, the long-running South China Sea dispute could turn south very quickly.
The government's decision to try to appeal to Jewish voters by abandoning long-standing bipartisan policy on Jerusalem was cobbled together with no input from the Department of Foreign Affairs, which was left out of the loop by its own minister.
Donald Trump's behaviour at his summit with Vladimir Putin raises the possibility the Russians really do have something on the president, and he will pursue Russia's interests, not those of the West.
It's the Lunar New Year, and hopefully a time for a fresh start for gradually darkening Australia China relations.
The recently released foreign policy white paper is an unusual mix of diagnostic science and conservative reluctance to name the diagnosis.
Despite the wrath of the China lobby, the government has dealt competently with China's growing militarism and attempts to interfere in the region, including Australia.