This was the year China muscled up to its neighbours and asserted its territorial claims in the East and South China Sea. But as you will hear from the Lowy Institute's Rory Medcalf (sadly departing from his role as Director of the International Security Program), by the end of 2014 we saw a movement away from coercion to one of diplomatic activism.

You will also hear East Asia Program Director Merriden Varrall talk about China's motives, which she says we outsiders often get wrong. Rory and Merriden then discuss Xi Jinping's Australia visit, China's relations with Japan, and China's naval deplyments into the Indian Ocean.