Editor's note

The tense relationship between Australia and China has become even more so in the wake of the formal arrest of Australian writer Yang Hengjun on suspicion of espionage.

As Tony Walker writes, the situation is serious, as spying is a capital offence that can lead to the death penalty in China. And, depending how it plays out, it may turn out to be a pivotal moment in relations between the two countries.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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Australian-Chinese writer Yang Hengjun has been arrested on suspicion of espionage, but China has released no details of the allegations to date. Facebook

Yang Hengjun case a pivotal moment in increasingly tense Australia-China relationship

Tony Walker, La Trobe University

The espionage allegation against the Australian writer comes against a backdrop of rising trade and political tensions – and the Australian government's response is hardening.

Police separate pro-China and pro-Hong Kong students at an August 16 protest outside the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Kelly Barnes/AAP

Why Chinese and Hong Kong students clash in Australia: the patriotic v the protest movement

Christine Cunningham, Edith Cowan University; Clive Barstow, Edith Cowan University; Wei Zhang, Edith Cowan University

The protests in Hong Kong have led to clashes between Chinese students here in Australia. What is it that makes those from mainland China so patriotic towards their country and leadership?

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Andrew Whitehouse, University of Western Australia

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This is why nuking a hurricane will not work, Mr Trump

Liz Ritchie-Tyo, UNSW

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