An increasingly dangerous pattern is emerging around the globe as countries push back against what they see as belligerence and bullying from the Chinese government.
In recent weeks and days, Indian and Chinese troops have fought a deadly clash on their disputed Himalayan border.
US aircraft carriers have sailed in to test China’s illegal claims over the South China Sea.
Chinese ships pressure Japan in the disputed East China Sea, and Chinese warplanes intrude on Taiwanese airspace.
And in the virtual world, Chinese cyber-warriors engage in industrial-sale cyber theft.
“If you’re an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data,” FBI director Christopher Wray said earlier this month.
Overnight, Britain became the latest country to ban Chinese telco giant Huawei from the rollout of next-generation wireless broadband.
Australian Strategic Policy Institute executive director Peter Jennings said the globe had effectively entered a new Cold War, between China and the world’s leading democracies.
Regional players like India, Japan and Australia are strengthening their alliances.
“Everywhere now, China is losing friends and partners through its own offensive behaviour,” Mr Jennings said.
And as tension between the greatest powers grows, Australian warships are also on their way to join the US-led Pacific Rim wargames.
There are growing concerns that Beijing’s next step in the South China Sea stand-off will be to declare it controls all the airspace over the world’s most contested waterway.
“All of this goes to their sovereign claim, which overnight the US has declared illegal,” Mr Jennings said.
It’s a claim Australia also disputes, while an international tribunal in the Hague has also rebuked China’s behaviour in the region.