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Australia, Fiji attempt to bury climate hatchet

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THE leaders of Fiji and Australia agreed to boost bilateral ties Monday as they sought to smooth relations following a highly publicised clash over climate change at a Pacific summit last month.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed his Fijian counterpart, Frank Bainimarama, just weeks after the Pacific leader branded him “very insulting, very condescending” for his response to criticism of Australia’s reluctance to make climate change a policy priority.

There was uproar at the Pacific Islands Forum after Morrison rejected regional leaders’ demands his government ban new coal mines and coal-fired power plants as part of their call for urgent climate action.

The conservative Australian politician countered that his government was the........

© Asian Correspondent