Abbott's awkward APEC moment

Tony Abbott's major challenge this week will be to mend the relationship with Xi Jinping following the decision not to join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Forget shirt-fronting Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prime Minister Tony Abbott's most challenging task this week will be breaking an uncomfortable silence with Chinese President Xi Jinping. And he will have to do it twice: first at the APEC meeting in Beijing and again at the G20 in Brisbane.

After vigorous lobbying by the US and Japan, Australia's involvement in the China-led Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank was scuttled by the National Security Committee of federal cabinet on strategic grounds.

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