Australia's business elites continue to rub shoulders with the United Front Work Department — a secretive arm of the Chinese Communist Party.
Scott Morrison was playing nice over the weekend, but Australia has proved time and time again that it's hard-pressed to respect Timor-Leste's sovereignty.
Successive Australian governments have snubbed, time and again, south-east Asian countries. This represents a potentially significant problem for Australia's strategic foothold in the region.
Things have gone badly awry between Australia and China. Was it something we said?
Australia's history in the Pacific is about imperialist exploitation. Now the government has baldly stated that our economic interests come ahead even of the existence of Pacific island states.
Not since Bob Hawke granted asylum to Chinese students living in Australia following the Tiananmen Square massacre has Australia's relationship with China been so fraught.
It's almost 20 years since Australia led peacekeepers into the country but our true relationship is one threaded with manipulation, deception, bullying and greed.
The debate over Australia's deportation laws is tearing Australia apart from one of its closest allies — and it's only getting worse.