China imposes massive tariffs on Australia barley imports

China imposes crippling tariff on Australian barley –

Fears that Beijing meant to punish Canberra for its push for an worldwide coronavirus inquiry grew last month when China's ambassador to Australia said Chinese consumers could shun Australian wine, beef and universities in response.

Sino-Australian relations sank to a new low this week after China unexpectedly slapped 80.5% tariffs on Australian barley imports, possibly signalling a new front in the global trade war.

"Australia is deeply disappointed with China's decision to impose duties on Australian barley".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stressed at Monday's press conference that the content of the text is totally different from the so-called "independent review" which Australia supports for.

Australia threatened today to take China to the World Trade Organisation to counter a fresh round of punitive sanctions, as the two countries clashed over an investigation into the origins and spread of the coronavirus.

Australia ignited a diplomatic row with China after calling for a global coronavirus inquiry. "It's a real dent in our economy and it will have a big impact".

In Victoria, the country's second most populous state, health authorities revealed they were using a controversial smartphone contact tracing app for the first time to track the movements of an infected person.

Farmers have said the increase has made it "economically impossible to sell into that market" leaving a void worth an estimated $500 million. "Finding alternative export markets is hard in the best of times but virtually impossible right now". "It buys water from irrigators, 99 per cent of whom do not grow barley", said an Australian government source who asked not to be named.

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"The Party chose to destroy live samples of the virus instead of sharing them or asking us to help secure them", said the USA official. Wine, dairy, seafood, oatmeal and fruits are on target this time.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said today the Australian Government was concerned that malicious cyber actors are seeking to exploit the pandemic for their own gain. Like the USA, it has also banned Huawei Technologies Co. from building its 5G network on security concerns.

Now there's a bitter irony, if China were to source farm exports from the United States to compensate for the shortfall in Australian supplies. China also restricted canola imports from Canada after the nation detained a Huawei executive.

At this point in the address Pompeo emphasized his country's support for Australia, which earlier called for an independent global probe into the origins of the COVID-19, and lambasted China's response to Canberra's initiative.

They're predicted to move into the world's top four economies by 2050 - joining China and the USA - and are democracies. "I don't see that China can succeed in singling out Australia indefinitely on this issue".

'The proposed changes are a great opportunity for the Australian malting barley industry, allowing us to look at extending the number of markets for our barley, ' Grain Producers Australia chairman Andrew Weidemann told The Land.

China has branded Australia as looking like a "giant kangaroo that acts as the dog of the US" in the latest exchange of freaky insults over escalating trade tensions. "If the Australian government - mindful of its economic interests and opposition from the business community - steps back, China would not need to take such steps".

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