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China and Australia are going back to business, without illusions

Mutual suspicions too great now for relationship to return to previous warmth

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Anthony Albanese, left, meets Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali on Nov. 15: What we are witnessing is a shift in China's tactics, but not its strategy.   © Sydney Morning Herald/Getty Images

Dave Sharma was previously chairman of the Australian parliament's joint subcommittee on foreign affairs and aid, lead diplomatic adviser in the department of the prime minister, and ambassador to Israel.

When Chinese President Xi Jinping sat down with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Bali last week, it was the first time the leaders of the two countries had met in over six years.

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