Su-Lin Tan

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Su-Lin Tan

Su-Lin Tan joined the Post in 2020 after the Australian Financial Review where she covered housing and commercial property, Asian business and street talk and investigations. She is a qualified accountant and worked in investment banking and funds management both in London and Sydney before becoming a journalist.

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Chinese academic accused of being an Australian spy slams ‘outrageous slander’ in Beijing-run tabloid

Sydney-based Chinese academic Feng Chongyi responds to state media accusations he was an Australian spy, claiming authorities dismissed the charges in 2017.

3 Jul 2020 - 11:59AM

Sydney-based Chinese academic Feng Chongyi responds to state media accusations he was an Australian spy, claiming authorities dismissed the charges in 2017.

Chinese academic accused of being an Australian spy slams ‘outrageous slander’ in Beijing-run tabloid
Explainer | Why has the China-Australia relationship deteriorated into what some are calling ‘trade war 2.0’?

China imposed new import tariffs on Australian barley and banned beef imports from four firms in May, but relations have been on a steady decline for at least the last five years.

1 Jul 2020 - 6:00AM

China imposed new import tariffs on Australian barley and banned beef imports from four firms in May, but relations have been on a steady decline for at least the last five years.

Why has the China-Australia relationship deteriorated into what some are calling ‘trade war 2.0’?
Australia and China cooperation too valuable for 'nonsensical' decoupling

Gareth Evans, a former Australian foreign minister during the Hawke-Keating administration which was open to working with Asia, says there are so many areas where Australia and China can work together that it's important for the two countries to ease tensions and seek a calmer diplomatic approach.  Evans spoke with the SCMP's Su-Lin Tan on June 29, 2020.

1 Jul 2020 - 6:00AM

Gareth Evans, a former Australian foreign minister during the Hawke-Keating administration which was open to working with Asia, says there are so many areas where Australia and China can work together that it's important for the two countries to ease tensions and seek a calmer diplomatic approach.  Evans spoke with the SCMP's Su-Lin Tan on June 29, 2020.

Australia and China cooperation too valuable for 'nonsensical' decoupling
Elizabeth Gaines: Fortescue Metals’ first female CEO talks guiding the Australian iron ore miner through the coronavirus crisis

Perth-born Elizabeth Gaines was appointed as the first female CEO of Australia’s Fortescue Metals in 2018.

30 Jun 2020 - 6:00AM

Perth-born Elizabeth Gaines was appointed as the first female CEO of Australia’s Fortescue Metals in 2018.

Elizabeth Gaines: Fortescue Metals’ first female CEO talks guiding the Australian iron ore miner through the coronavirus crisis
China-dependent Australia unwise to risk trade war with Beijing, says ex-Canberra diplomat

Geoff Raby, Australia’s ambassador to Beijing between 2007-11, says ‘Australia derives its strong economy from China’ and it needs to repair bilateral ties.

26 Jun 2020 - 9:06AM

Geoff Raby, Australia’s ambassador to Beijing between 2007-11, says ‘Australia derives its strong economy from China’ and it needs to repair bilateral ties.

China-dependent Australia unwise to risk trade war with Beijing, says ex-Canberra diplomat
Australia-China trade war only 'wishful thinking', says former ambassador Geoff Raby

Former Australian ambassador to China, Geoff Raby, says it is unlikely Canberra has the means to start a trade war with Beijing, since China is the number one destination for Australia’s iron ore and coal exports, and a pillar of its economy and wealth. But Raby said Australia is likely to continue with an anti-China policy now “weaponised” by politicians, both to attack their local political opponents and also to align the country up with its biggest ally, the United States. 

23 Jun 2020 - 6:04AM

Former Australian ambassador to China, Geoff Raby, says it is unlikely Canberra has the means to start a trade war with Beijing, since China is the number one destination for Australia’s iron ore and coal exports, and a pillar of its economy and wealth. But Raby said Australia is likely to continue with an anti-China policy now “weaponised” by politicians, both to attack their local political opponents and also to align the country up with its biggest ally, the United States. 

Australia-China trade war only 'wishful thinking', says former ambassador Geoff Raby
China protein milk powder imports from Australia, New Zealand jump but questions over use as a supplement for infants

Chinese demand for lactoferrin and whey powder products from Australia and New Zealand has increased dramatically since the coronavirus outbreak.

19 Jun 2020 - 12:43PM

Chinese demand for lactoferrin and whey powder products from Australia and New Zealand has increased dramatically since the coronavirus outbreak.

China protein milk powder imports from Australia, New Zealand jump but questions over use as a supplement for infants
China in brace position as Five Eyes form united front

Beijing can expect more concerted efforts against it from the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, observers say.

15 Jun 2020 - 11:56AM

Beijing can expect more concerted efforts against it from the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, observers say.

China in brace position as Five Eyes form united front
Asian Angle | China, Australia and the US are using racism as a political football

‘It is clear that racism, a critical human rights issue – now more than ever – is being used as a political tool to feed the savagery of geopolitics’.

13 Jun 2020 - 4:33PM

‘It is clear that racism, a critical human rights issue – now more than ever – is being used as a political tool to feed the savagery of geopolitics’.

China, Australia and the US are using racism as a political football
China warns Australia to keep new foreign investment policy ‘fair and non-discriminatory’ to Chinese firms

As China-Australia tensions continue to rise, a government spokesman has warned Canberra not to use a reviewed policy to discriminate against Chinese investors.

12 Jun 2020 - 9:53AM

As China-Australia tensions continue to rise, a government spokesman has warned Canberra not to use a reviewed policy to discriminate against Chinese investors.

China warns Australia to keep new foreign investment policy ‘fair and non-discriminatory’ to Chinese firms
China’s silent treatment for Australia in beef, barley trade row viewed as new normal under ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy

China imposed tariffs on Australian barley and banned certain exports of beef three weeks ago, but there still has been no communication between the respective top trade ministers.

10 Jun 2020 - 9:35AM

China imposed tariffs on Australian barley and banned certain exports of beef three weeks ago, but there still has been no communication between the respective top trade ministers.

China’s silent treatment for Australia in beef, barley trade row viewed as new normal under ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy
Australia’s Victoria back in the spotlight for going it alone on belt and road agreement with China

Victoria is the only Australian state to sign a memorandum of understanding with China supporting its Belt & Road Initiative, although the move was controversial.

8 Jun 2020 - 10:41AM

Victoria is the only Australian state to sign a memorandum of understanding with China supporting its Belt & Road Initiative, although the move was controversial.

Australia’s Victoria back in the spotlight for going it alone on belt and road agreement with China
China’s sugar industry ‘panics’ as Beijing removes protective tariff in a bid to plug shortage

A three-year safeguard tariff designed to protect China’s struggling sugar producers has lapsed, leading to fears among the industry that they will be priced out by imports.

3 Jun 2020 - 10:33PM

A three-year safeguard tariff designed to protect China’s struggling sugar producers has lapsed, leading to fears among the industry that they will be priced out by imports.

China’s sugar industry ‘panics’ as Beijing removes protective tariff in a bid to plug shortage
Australia ‘carefully and closely’ watching US-China phase one purchases for signs of trade diversion

Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said that he is watching US-China trade flows for signs of export diversion.

3 Jun 2020 - 12:56PM

Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said that he is watching US-China trade flows for signs of export diversion.

Australia ‘carefully and closely’ watching US-China phase one purchases for signs of trade diversion
Asian Angle | Coronavirus: the mask of white Australia drops in racist media coverage

Victims of racism say headlines can incite hate, fear and anger. More needs to be done to stop racism before it happens through education or a more responsible press.

3 Jun 2020 - 6:09PM

Victims of racism say headlines can incite hate, fear and anger. More needs to be done to stop racism before it happens through education or a more responsible press.

Coronavirus: the mask of white Australia drops in racist media coverage
For Asians in Australia, a collective memory of racial trauma

Feelings of low self-worth and anger from discriminatory incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic are affecting the mental health of ethnic minorities.

30 May 2020 - 10:31PM

Feelings of low self-worth and anger from discriminatory incidents during the Covid-19 pandemic are affecting the mental health of ethnic minorities.

For Asians in Australia, a collective memory of racial trauma
‘You Chinese virus spreader’: after coronavirus, Australia has an anti-Asian racism outbreak to deal with

A rise in racial abuse linked to Covid-19 highlights a gap in human rights legislation: why is there no federal law punishing racist acts as a crime?

9 Jun 2020 - 9:10AM

A rise in racial abuse linked to Covid-19 highlights a gap in human rights legislation: why is there no federal law punishing racist acts as a crime?

‘You Chinese virus spreader’: after coronavirus, Australia has an anti-Asian racism outbreak to deal with
Australia began anti-dumping probes into Chinese aluminium, steel and A4 paper in 2020

Australia has this year launched three anti-dumping investigations against China, adding weight to Beijing’s claims it is not solely responsible for trade tensions.

28 May 2020 - 10:53PM

Australia has this year launched three anti-dumping investigations against China, adding weight to Beijing’s claims it is not solely responsible for trade tensions.

Australia began anti-dumping probes into Chinese aluminium, steel and A4 paper in 2020
China import data reveals tainted Australian oats, almonds blocked last year as trade war fears grow

China blocked a range of Australian exports last year for problems ranging from pest infestations to mildew, as fears grow Beijing will widen restrictions on Australian goods.

26 May 2020 - 2:48PM

China blocked a range of Australian exports last year for problems ranging from pest infestations to mildew, as fears grow Beijing will widen restrictions on Australian goods.

China import data reveals tainted Australian oats, almonds blocked last year as trade war fears grow
China-Australia free trade deal may soften virus spat, but won’t halt anti-dumping probes, experts say

The China-Australia free trade deal may prevent a full-blown trade war, but it offers no protection against future anti-dumping investigations, lawyers say.

21 May 2020 - 11:07AM

The China-Australia free trade deal may prevent a full-blown trade war, but it offers no protection against future anti-dumping investigations, lawyers say.

China-Australia free trade deal may soften virus spat, but won’t halt anti-dumping probes, experts say
Australia rules out trade war retaliation with China despite barley tariff escalation

China confirmed on Monday a 80.5 per cent tariff would be placed on barley exports from Australia after concluding its 18-month anti-dumping investigation.

21 May 2020 - 10:18AM

China confirmed on Monday a 80.5 per cent tariff would be placed on barley exports from Australia after concluding its 18-month anti-dumping investigation.

Australia rules out trade war retaliation with China despite barley tariff escalation
Australian beef exporters banned by China are repeat offenders, but New Zealand firms escape sanctions, customs data shows

China banned four Australian meat processing plants last week, but customs data shows two New Zealand processors were not punished for similar beaches of strict Chinese import regulations.

22 May 2020 - 8:26AM

China banned four Australian meat processing plants last week, but customs data shows two New Zealand processors were not punished for similar beaches of strict Chinese import regulations.

Australian beef exporters banned by China are repeat offenders, but New Zealand firms escape sanctions, customs data shows
China confirms over 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley exports

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on Monday its investigations had proven the dumping of cheap Australian barley had hurt its domestic market.

21 May 2020 - 10:19AM

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on Monday its investigations had proven the dumping of cheap Australian barley had hurt its domestic market.

China confirms over 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley exports
China’s US barley, blueberry move focused on trade war deal, unrelated to coronavirus backlash against Australia

China will allow imports of barley and blueberries from the US from Thursday, making it easier to meet its commitments in the phase one trade deal, analysts said.

21 May 2020 - 10:20AM

China will allow imports of barley and blueberries from the US from Thursday, making it easier to meet its commitments in the phase one trade deal, analysts said.

China’s US barley, blueberry move focused on trade war deal, unrelated to coronavirus backlash against Australia
China has alternatives for beef, barley imports but trade dispute could ‘kill Australian farmers’

China is set to impose tariffs on Australia’s barley imports, while it has also banned imports from four major Australian meat processing plants.

14 May 2020 - 4:40PM

China is set to impose tariffs on Australia’s barley imports, while it has also banned imports from four major Australian meat processing plants.

China has alternatives for beef, barley imports but trade dispute could ‘kill Australian farmers’
China’s restrictions on Australian beef, barley seen as retaliation for support of coronavirus investigation

Within the space of two days, China announced new tariffs of up to 80 per cent on Australian barley imports and banned beef imports from four firms.

21 May 2020 - 10:21AM

Within the space of two days, China announced new tariffs of up to 80 per cent on Australian barley imports and banned beef imports from four firms.

China’s restrictions on Australian beef, barley seen as retaliation for support of coronavirus investigation
Coronavirus: global textile industry braces for sharp downturn as orders dry up

Supply chain disruptions and vanishing customer orders following the coronavirus outbreak have left the global textile industry reeling and wary of more pain to come.

12 May 2020 - 8:30AM

Supply chain disruptions and vanishing customer orders following the coronavirus outbreak have left the global textile industry reeling and wary of more pain to come.

Coronavirus: global textile industry braces for sharp downturn as orders dry up
Australian government push to tap China market heats up industry debate about over-dependence

Submissions to Australian parliamentary inquiry have highlighted how the government’s focus on China has hurt export opportunities to alternative markets.

21 May 2020 - 10:22AM

Submissions to Australian parliamentary inquiry have highlighted how the government’s focus on China has hurt export opportunities to alternative markets.

Australian government push to tap China market heats up industry debate about over-dependence
China, Australia decoupling labelled ‘zombie economic idea’ amid coronavirus fallout

Debate about Australia’s over-dependency on China has ramped up recently, triggered by the interruption of supply chains during China’s coronavirus shutdowns in January.

7 May 2020 - 2:24PM

Debate about Australia’s over-dependency on China has ramped up recently, triggered by the interruption of supply chains during China’s coronavirus shutdowns in January.

China, Australia decoupling labelled ‘zombie economic idea’ amid coronavirus fallout
Coronavirus: China-Australia relationship at risk from Covid-19 blame game, mining magnate warns

China is Australia’s largest export destination, but a row has exploded over the Australian government’s push for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak.

5 May 2020 - 1:33PM

China is Australia’s largest export destination, but a row has exploded over the Australian government’s push for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: China-Australia relationship at risk from Covid-19 blame game, mining magnate warns