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Australia's new government: What has changed, what has not

Despite its flurry of diplomatic initiatives, the Albanese team cannot escape a fundamental issue – the shifting power balance between the US and China.

Australian PM Anthony Albanese arrives in Tokyo on May 23 for a summit meeting of the Quad, a day after being elected. PHOTO: AFP
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Every year, Singapore's Shangri-La Dialogue brings together defence ministers and other senior players in the world of strategy and geopolitics from across Asia and beyond. It therefore offers a vital opportunity for low-key encounters that may carry outsize diplomatic significance.

This year, it worked its magic again when it provided the setting for a hastily arranged meeting between China's Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and his Australian counterpart Richard Marles.

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