The only difference is that the past thirty years have seen us relegated down a couple of divisions.
Back then we were a medium/heavyweight. Today we're very much one in one of the lighter competitions.
That's fine. The point is to recognise it, as our ASEAN friends do. So when China occupies and creates islands in the South China Sea, we may be very unhappy about it; we may choose to protest verbally; but sending airplanes and ships? Really?
What's the point, as I asked in this piece in today's Canberra Times . . .