Tensions between the two countries intensified earlier in the week when Australian swimming champion Mack Horton (right) described his Chinese rival Sun Yang (left) as a “drugs cheat”, at the Rio Olympics. The war of words intensified to the official level with China demanding an apology. Photo: Reuters

Swimming spat to soured deals put chill on China-Aussie Ties

Relations between the two matters: China is Australia’s largest trading partner, while for China, investment Down Under potentially provides it a more secure supply of land, water and commodities

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Tensions between the two countries intensified earlier in the week when Australian swimming champion Mack Horton (right) described his Chinese rival Sun Yang (left) as a “drugs cheat”, at the Rio Olympics. The war of words intensified to the official level with China demanding an apology. Photo: Reuters
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