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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China’s ban on Australian coal causes surge in imports from Mongolia, but difficulties remain

Beijing’s ban on Australian coal has resulted in a surge in imports from neighbouring Mongolia, which might allow the country to retake its position as China’s top supplier.

28 Oct 2020 - 11:08AM

Beijing’s ban on Australian coal has resulted in a surge in imports from neighbouring Mongolia, which might allow the country to retake its position as China’s top supplier.

China’s ban on Australian coal causes surge in imports from Mongolia, but difficulties remain
Explainer | China-Australia relations: what has happened over the last six months?

China has targeted Australian barley, beef, coal and cotton since Australia led calls for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus in April.

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China has targeted Australian barley, beef, coal and cotton since Australia led calls for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus in April.

China-Australia relations: what has happened over the last six months?
China lifts import ban on scrap metals as coronavirus recovery heaps pressure on domestic metal supply

China has relaxed import restrictions on high-grade copper, aluminium and brass scrap amid a shortage in metals caused by strong demand due to the nation’s economic recovery.

23 Oct 2020 - 10:56PM

China has relaxed import restrictions on high-grade copper, aluminium and brass scrap amid a shortage in metals caused by strong demand due to the nation’s economic recovery.

China lifts import ban on scrap metals as coronavirus recovery heaps pressure on domestic metal supply
China-Australia relations: coal, cotton curbs could violate trade rules, lawyers say

Reports last week said China had started asking importers not to buy Australian coal and cotton, moves that could violate World Trade Organization rules as well as the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

28 Oct 2020 - 11:36AM

Reports last week said China had started asking importers not to buy Australian coal and cotton, moves that could violate World Trade Organization rules as well as the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

China-Australia relations: coal, cotton curbs could violate trade rules, lawyers say
Australian PM criticised for not directly condemning Senator who asked Chinese-Australians to denounce CCP

Asian-Australians are asking why their Prime Minister did not issue a stronger response to his party colleague Eric Abetz’s ‘McCarthyist racism’.

17 Oct 2020 - 12:07PM

Asian-Australians are asking why their Prime Minister did not issue a stronger response to his party colleague Eric Abetz’s ‘McCarthyist racism’.

Australian PM criticised for not directly condemning Senator who asked Chinese-Australians to denounce CCP
Australia’s strong China coal exports exhausted quotas, justifying ban, but politics also at play, analysts say

Australia became the largest exporter of coking coal to China in the first half of the year, while thermal coal exports have also been resilient.

28 Oct 2020 - 11:34AM

Australia became the largest exporter of coking coal to China in the first half of the year, while thermal coal exports have also been resilient.

Australia’s strong China coal exports exhausted quotas, justifying ban, but politics also at play, analysts say
Australia’s US$750 million cotton trade with China targeted, with mills ‘discouraged’ from purchases

Cotton Australia and the Australian Cotton Shippers Association confirm reports of verbal directive for Chinese spinning mills to stop using Australian cotton.

28 Oct 2020 - 11:32AM

Cotton Australia and the Australian Cotton Shippers Association confirm reports of verbal directive for Chinese spinning mills to stop using Australian cotton.

Australia’s US$750 million cotton trade with China targeted, with mills ‘discouraged’ from purchases
China-Australia relations: Canberra ‘keeping the door open’ as questions swirl over coal import ban

Canberra has employed a less antagonistic tone with Beijing over a new ban on Australian coal, former diplomats and China watchers say.

16 Oct 2020 - 5:30AM

Canberra has employed a less antagonistic tone with Beijing over a new ban on Australian coal, former diplomats and China watchers say.

China-Australia relations: Canberra ‘keeping the door open’ as questions swirl over coal import ban
Senator insists Chinese-Australians condemn CCP at inquiry on diaspora issues, sparking backlash

Senator Eric Abetz demanded that three Chinese-Australians denounce the CCP during an inquiry, sparking accusations he was waging a ‘McCarthyist campaign’.

15 Oct 2020 - 11:04PM

Senator Eric Abetz demanded that three Chinese-Australians denounce the CCP during an inquiry, sparking accusations he was waging a ‘McCarthyist campaign’.

Senator insists Chinese-Australians condemn CCP at inquiry on diaspora issues, sparking backlash
China steelmaker Sinosteel increases Australian iron ore stake after merging with Baowu Steel

Sinosteel’s purchase of half the future output of new Fenix Resources mine comes amid controversy over China halting imports of Australian coal, and officials down under have sought clarification from Beijing.

15 Oct 2020 - 5:09AM

Sinosteel’s purchase of half the future output of new Fenix Resources mine comes amid controversy over China halting imports of Australian coal, and officials down under have sought clarification from Beijing.

China steelmaker Sinosteel increases Australian iron ore stake after merging with Baowu Steel
Chinese steel mills begin ‘diverting’ Australian coking coal as Canberra seeks clarification on reported ban

Australian coking coal en route to China is being diverted to other markets, analysts say, as Canberra seeks confirmation of a reported import ban from Beijing.

28 Oct 2020 - 11:45AM

Australian coking coal en route to China is being diverted to other markets, analysts say, as Canberra seeks confirmation of a reported import ban from Beijing.

Chinese steel mills begin ‘diverting’ Australian coking coal as Canberra seeks clarification on reported ban
Brazil mining giant Vale agrees deal with China port to expand iron ore handling capacity

Agreement with Ningbo Zhoushan will allow Brazilian iron ore giant to optimise supply chain costs on long sea trips from Brazil, while increasing Vale’s market share in China.

13 Oct 2020 - 9:34PM

Agreement with Ningbo Zhoushan will allow Brazilian iron ore giant to optimise supply chain costs on long sea trips from Brazil, while increasing Vale’s market share in China.

Brazil mining giant Vale agrees deal with China port to expand iron ore handling capacity
China’s ban on Australian coal could be ‘indefinite’ amid heightened political tensions

China’s ban on Australian coal is likely to be politically motivated, although it also aligns with import restrictions to control the domestic market, analysts said.

13 Oct 2020 - 3:44PM

China’s ban on Australian coal is likely to be politically motivated, although it also aligns with import restrictions to control the domestic market, analysts said.

China’s ban on Australian coal could be ‘indefinite’ amid heightened political tensions
Chinese homebuyers shun Australian market as coronavirus, political tensions take toll

For years, mainland Chinese residents were the top foreign purchasers of housing units in Australia, leading to a housing boom that has waned as ties remain strained between Canberra and Beijing.

8 Oct 2020 - 10:58PM

For years, mainland Chinese residents were the top foreign purchasers of housing units in Australia, leading to a housing boom that has waned as ties remain strained between Canberra and Beijing.

Chinese homebuyers shun Australian market as coronavirus, political tensions take toll
Australia budget to bolster supply chains, domestic industry post-coronavirus and amid China turmoil

Australia will spend over A$1.4 billion (US$1 billion) on a Supply Chain Resilience Initiative and modern manufacturing strategy budget in response to the coronavirus and frictions with China.

8 Oct 2020 - 3:39AM

Australia will spend over A$1.4 billion (US$1 billion) on a Supply Chain Resilience Initiative and modern manufacturing strategy budget in response to the coronavirus and frictions with China.

Australia budget to bolster supply chains, domestic industry post-coronavirus and amid China turmoil
China coal hub Shanxi to merge five giant state-owned miners as part of efficiency drive

Shanxi province will merge five coal companies into a single entity called Jinneng Holding Group in a deal that will shake up China’s coal sector.

6 Oct 2020 - 11:03PM

Shanxi province will merge five coal companies into a single entity called Jinneng Holding Group in a deal that will shake up China’s coal sector.

China coal hub Shanxi to merge five giant state-owned miners as part of efficiency drive
Cambodia caught in the middle of US-China clash over South China Sea military bases

The US treasury department last month issued sanctions against Chinese company Union Development Group, which is developing the Dara Sakor tourism zone in Cambodia as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

7 Oct 2020 - 9:13AM

The US treasury department last month issued sanctions against Chinese company Union Development Group, which is developing the Dara Sakor tourism zone in Cambodia as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Cambodia caught in the middle of US-China clash over South China Sea military bases
Kenya keen to renegotiate debt, fees with China as coronavirus hits unprofitable Mombasa-Naivasha rail line

State-owned engineering giant China Communications Construction Company and its subsidiary built the 580km (360 mile) Mombasa-Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway line at a cost of US$4.7 billion.

5 Oct 2020 - 12:01PM

State-owned engineering giant China Communications Construction Company and its subsidiary built the 580km (360 mile) Mombasa-Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway line at a cost of US$4.7 billion.

Kenya keen to renegotiate debt, fees with China as coronavirus hits unprofitable Mombasa-Naivasha rail line
Mongolia joins China to become seventh member of Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement

Mongolia joins founding members Bangladesh, India, Laos, South Korea and Sri Lanka as well as China, its biggest trading partner, in the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA).

29 Sep 2020 - 5:24PM

Mongolia joins founding members Bangladesh, India, Laos, South Korea and Sri Lanka as well as China, its biggest trading partner, in the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA).

Mongolia joins China to become seventh member of Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement
China property developer follows Huawei with job cuts in Australia amid souring Beijing-Canberra ties

Chinese state developer Poly Developments and Holdings told staff in its Sydney and Melbourne offices that a ‘substantial’ number of employees will be cut this year.

25 Sep 2020 - 4:46AM

Chinese state developer Poly Developments and Holdings told staff in its Sydney and Melbourne offices that a ‘substantial’ number of employees will be cut this year.

China property developer follows Huawei with job cuts in Australia amid souring Beijing-Canberra ties
China’s post-coronavirus construction boom shows signs of cooling as steel output slows

Heavy rain, flooding and government curbs on property financing are slowing construction projects in China and reducing demand for steel and iron ore.

24 Sep 2020 - 5:29AM

Heavy rain, flooding and government curbs on property financing are slowing construction projects in China and reducing demand for steel and iron ore.

China’s post-coronavirus construction boom shows signs of cooling as steel output slows
China-Australia trade ties remain strong for some businesses despite worsening political relations

As the political relationship between the two otherwise strong trading partners continues to worsen, businesses in China and Australia are finding ways to maintain supply continuity and even enhance their market share.

23 Sep 2020 - 10:40PM

As the political relationship between the two otherwise strong trading partners continues to worsen, businesses in China and Australia are finding ways to maintain supply continuity and even enhance their market share.

China-Australia trade ties remain strong for some businesses despite worsening political relations
Australia has ‘painted itself into a geopolitical corner’ with China, but what is Beijing’s trade endgame?

Tensions between China and Australia have been rising since April, with calls for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus leading to Chinese trade sanctions and tariffs.

20 Sep 2020 - 10:44PM

Tensions between China and Australia have been rising since April, with calls for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus leading to Chinese trade sanctions and tariffs.

Australia has ‘painted itself into a geopolitical corner’ with China, but what is Beijing’s trade endgame?
Coronavirus: China tightens surveillance of chilled food imports

Customs authority says foreign suppliers will face bans if their packaging tests positive for the deadly pathogen more than once.

14 Sep 2020 - 8:00AM

Customs authority says foreign suppliers will face bans if their packaging tests positive for the deadly pathogen more than once.

Coronavirus: China tightens surveillance of chilled food imports
China steel exports hit by surge of anti-dumping probes as coronavirus drives protectionism

Chinese steel exports have been hit by 15 anti-dumping investigations in the first nine months of this year amid what experts say is growing pandemic-driven protectionism.

15 Sep 2020 - 6:44PM

Chinese steel exports have been hit by 15 anti-dumping investigations in the first nine months of this year amid what experts say is growing pandemic-driven protectionism.

China steel exports hit by surge of anti-dumping probes as coronavirus drives protectionism
China-Europe freight trains gather steam amid surge in B2B goods bought online

The first cargo train loaded entirely with business-to-business goods bought exclusively online headed to Budapest from Chongqing last week, as China looks to streamline supply chains and reduce red tape.

10 Sep 2020 - 12:42PM

The first cargo train loaded entirely with business-to-business goods bought exclusively online headed to Budapest from Chongqing last week, as China looks to streamline supply chains and reduce red tape.

China-Europe freight trains gather steam amid surge in B2B goods bought online
Myanmar moves step closer to new bids on China-backed belt and road project

Myanmar has opened the door for new bids against a proposal from China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) for construction of the New Yangon City project.

8 Sep 2020 - 10:51PM

Myanmar has opened the door for new bids against a proposal from China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) for construction of the New Yangon City project.

Myanmar moves step closer to new bids on China-backed belt and road project
Chinese construction giant CCCC aims to counter growing uncertainty with belt and road project push

Two weeks ago, the US Department of Commerce placed five subsidiaries of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) on its Entity List.

8 Sep 2020 - 6:00AM

Two weeks ago, the US Department of Commerce placed five subsidiaries of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) on its Entity List.

Chinese construction giant CCCC aims to counter growing uncertainty with belt and road project push
China’s yuan gains foothold in iron ore deals, could increase Chinese self-reliance, analysts say

More yuan-prices transactions will increase the internationalisation of the Chinese currency and also help the economy in line with the new ‘dual circulation’ strategy.

4 Sep 2020 - 10:56PM

More yuan-prices transactions will increase the internationalisation of the Chinese currency and also help the economy in line with the new ‘dual circulation’ strategy.

China’s yuan gains foothold in iron ore deals, could increase Chinese self-reliance, analysts say
Australia’s export surge to China tails off amid rising trade tensions and lower iron ore production

Iron ore exports from Australia to China in July rose 10.5 per cent compared to a year earlier, but dropped significantly compared to June.

3 Sep 2020 - 7:30PM

Iron ore exports from Australia to China in July rose 10.5 per cent compared to a year earlier, but dropped significantly compared to June.

Australia’s export surge to China tails off amid rising trade tensions and lower iron ore production