On top of the social and economic costs, researchers have raised the alarm about the shocking underbelly of China's desperate Covid strategy.
The body of water has long been considered a 'wild card' issue for global security – and China has shown its hand.
The order – which comes into effect today – has concerning parallels with the language used by Vladimir Putin to justify the invasion of Ukraine.
Anthony Albanese has been prime minister for less than a month, but it's been enough time for early promise regarding China relations to quickly disappear. Find out more.
The sickening incident has sparked fury online with the footage reigniting debate about the treatment of women in China.
Australia's new Deputy PM and Defence Minister has promised continuity in Australian defensive policy while taking a swipe at China's actions in the South China Sea.
China says it will respond to any move toward formal Taiwan independence by 'smashing it even at any price, including war'.
The new measures have been likened to Germany's infamously repressive Ministry for State Security in the 20th century. Find out more.
China has finally responded to alarming claims from Canberra, warning Australia will 'bear the consequences' of its actions.
While Labor has long criticised former prime minister Scott Morrison's China stance, they are committed to one of his most significant moves. Find out more.