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.
Five years after Tony Abbott threatened to "shirtfront" Putin, Australia needs to put Russia back on its radar.
Now our own federal election is done and dusted, let's look at how the outcomes of other elections around the world could affect Australia's interests.
The coinciding reelections of Scott Morrison and Indonesia's Joko Widodo gives Australia an opportunity to reaffirm its goals with its rapidly growing neighbour.
It's 2019 and Australian politicians are only just starting to front up to this major group of voters. They have a lot to learn.
The ABC is the only Australian outlet with a correspondent in the Pacific. Have we stopped caring about our closest neighbours? And if so, why?