We need to align our ends and means, and engage in practical, tough-minded diplomacy directed at making a difference.
As an ally of the US and a major trading partner of China, we need to be alert to everything that goes on between them, as well as within them.
One specific opportunity for some serious re-thinking would be our stance on foreign investment in Australia - not usually thought of as a key element of our foreign policy.
Australia has a powerful 'strategic narrative' that is a potent source of soft power. But it's increasingly difficult for this story to be heard.