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Hopes of an improvement in Australia-China relations dashed as Beijing ups the ante – The Conversation AU

Australia’s increasingly fractious relationship with China has taken another blow after the ‘Quad’ meeting in Tokyo.

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Speculation China may be seeking to lower the temperature in its fractious dealings with Australia appears to be premature.
This follows confirmation that Chinese customers have been advised to defer orders of Australian thermal and metallurgical coal.
On top of this, Australian cotton exporters have been advised exports will be cut next year, a blow to a business worth about $2 billion annually.
Australian mining giant BHP has received deferment requests for its coal shipments, according to …

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