Chinese companies reportedly told to halt Australian coal imports

Chinese state-owned steelmakers and power plants have been instructed to stop importing Australian coal, Australian media reported Tuesday.The report comes amid increasingly tense relations between Australia and China following Canberra’s proposal for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.Australian exports of wine, barley and beef to China have also been disrupted in what many commentators see as retaliation from Beijing.The Australian Financial Review reported that coal traders in China confirmed Monday that reports of a “verbal notice banning Australian c…

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