With China inviting Australian minsters to visit and unilaterally dismantling trade restrictions (seemingly) without winning any concessions from Canberra, Beijing looks especially eager to repair the relationship?

It's called "loosening and tightening the reins”. Deng loosened them, Xi tightened them.

If Australia doesn't get the message (and I believe the US will not permit it to), then Australia will remain in the sin bin, which suits Washington fine.

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