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The first meeting of the Quad could test Australia’s relationship with China – ABC News

After a year of being repeatedly whacked with trade sanctions by China, Australia is now keen to demonstrate it has some powerful friends, writes David Speers.

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The past few months has seen something of a stalemate in China’s escalating trade sanctions against Australia. Things haven’t improved at all, but at least they haven’t deteriorated further.
Last year, barely a fortnight went by without China dishing out some form of additional punishment on all sorts of Australian goods from coal to barley, beef, wine, wheat, cotton, rock lobster, timber, sugar and copper concentrate.
China was remarkably frank about why it was targeting Australia, listing 14…

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