- Within the space of two days, China announced new tariffs of up to 80 per cent on Australian barley imports and banned beef imports from four firms
- Some analysts believe the moves would create space for China to import more barley and beef from the US to fulfil requirements of their phase one trade deal
In the space of a few days, China has dealt heavy blows to both Australian barley and beef industries, raising suspicions that Beijing is using trade to punish Canberra for lending support to the international call to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
Between Sunday and Tuesday, China confirmed it would likely impose a devastating tariff of just over 80 per cent on Australia’s barley exports due to anti-dumping allegations, while also then suspending beef exports from four major meat processing plants in Queensland and New South Wales.
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