Chinese aid in the Pacific could become more integrated into the work being done by more established aid donors. Dr Phillipa Brant says there are signs the Chinese government is starting to move away from it's previous unilateral approach and is adopting a more collaborative approach to assisting developing nations.
Rory Medcalf argues that the new Australian government must act maturely in developing its response to the spying row. The way Australia proceeds has implications for its relationships with Indonesia and other partners in the Asia region.
In the New York Times Sinosphere blog, Rory Medcalf argues that in creating an ADIZ around the Senkakus/Diaoyu China miscalculated and that the United States should use the moment to persuade China and others to establish mechanisms in the region to minimize the risk of an incident that could trigger a conflict.
Alex Oliver talks with Glyn Greensmith about the strains on Australia's consular service from rising numbers of Australians travelling overseas, and their high expectations of the level of assistance government can provide.