China has curbed shipments of Australian coal, sparking concern about fraying ties between Beijing and Canberra. Photo: Bloomberg
China has curbed shipments of Australian coal, sparking concern about fraying ties between Beijing and Canberra. Photo: Bloomberg

China-Australia relations: Canberra ‘keeping the door open’ as questions swirl over coal import ban

  • Canberra has used a less antagonistic tone with Beijing over a new ban on Australian coal, former diplomats and China watchers say
  • Relations have nosedived after Canberra called for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus without first consulting Beijing

China has curbed shipments of Australian coal, sparking concern about fraying ties between Beijing and Canberra. Photo: Bloomberg
China has curbed shipments of Australian coal, sparking concern about fraying ties between Beijing and Canberra. Photo: Bloomberg
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