ABC Radio: What do worsening relations with China mean for Australia’s trade and security?

21 May 2020

There are concerns that China’s targeting of Australian exports could be spreading to the resources sector, which is worth more than $79 billion annually.

Beijing has announced changes to inspection protocols for iron-ore shipments, including the ability to conduct “toxic element checks”.

But some are making links between Australia’s advocacy very early on for an international inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak and and trade repercussions, including Shadow Agriculture and Resources Minister Joel Fitzgibbon.

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, blasted Beijing for its decision to target Australian exports, but is our close relationship with Washington part of the problem?

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David Olsson, President Australia China Business Council;

Ashley Townshend, Director of Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney