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Climate diplomacy - a new component in Australia's contest with China

'Competition without catastrophe' has become the new catchphrase as the new Labor government resets Australia's relations with China and the South Pacific.

Australia's Defence Minister Richard Marles (left) meet with China's Defence Minister Wei Fenghe at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore, on June 12, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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Shortly after he won the election last month, Mr Anthony Albanese, the new prime minister of Australia, received an unexpected letter of congratulations.

The letter came from China's Premier Li Keqiang, whose message ended a period of more than two years in which Beijing has refused to have any high-level contact with the Australian government.

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