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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (AP/Sipa USA)

The world has dramatically changed since Scott Morrison and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi were last meant to catch up.

That was in January. Six months and one pandemic later, the meeting finally took place earlier in June -- virtually, of course. But the real change was what didn’t get a mention: coal.

Much like iron ore to China, coal is the centrepiece of Australia’s India exports. Of $21.1 billion in exports to India in 2018, $10.9 billion was coal. Australia's fossil fuel trade with India would have come in an unwelcome light for Morrison at this time.