The real story
Australian strategists let themselves think that Australia's best interests are served by balancing Chinese interests across a more feared threat. Indonesia.
But it's become a closed system game involving many interests in areas such as real estate and minerals.
"It's going to happen anyway. Let's make the most of it."
Seems to be the prominent underlying effect.
Let's all profit as much as we can before anyone can take it away from us.
Destiny is met on any road you take to avoid it.
ps let's not forget that people will bet on derivatives against any current state so everything is always possible if someone can work out how to milk it or even precipitate it.