Keep it simple, Sinophiles

China didn't appreciate being taken for a ride by Kevin Rudd, even unintentionally. Tony Abbott's low-key, more economically focused strategy will be a better fit – if he can sustain it.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has completed what many will consider a successful trip to south-east Asia. On the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali, his message to Chinese President Xi Jinping is that Australia is ‘open for business’ and welcoming of increased Chinese investment into a number of economic sectors.

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