Dr Andrew Forrest is a former policy adviser (China) in the International Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has researched China–Japan security relations and the evolution of Australia’s China policy.
A public understanding of the friction between Canberra and Beijing must transcend party politics.
A federal system of government actively discourages state participation in foreign policy, this needs to change.
The relationship is getting harder to manage, but this difficulty is not an inherently bad thing.