Our debate this week on how Australia ought to deal with China (and Japan) brings to mind a somewhat similar problem that the Brits and Europeans face with Russia. Poking the bear with a stick might feel good, but is it smart policy, asks David Mitchell?:

And a bonus this week, for all non-American readers whose doorsteps, in just a few days, will be infested with small fancy-dressed children. Here's how to deal with them: