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Beijing’s Alleged Ban on Australian Coal Signals ‘Discriminatory Trade Practices’: Trade Minister

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Federal Trade and Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham says reports that China will curb imports of Australian coal are “discriminatory” and in violation of their trade agreements. According to Chinese state-owned media, Global Times, Australian coal imports have been added to the growing list of banned products, with Beijing shifting focus to countries signed to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Birmingham, in response to the report, told ABC’s RN Breakfast on Tuesday that the Australian government has not been officially notified of the ban but, if it is true “would indicate discriminatory trade practices being deployed by Chinese authorities.” He urged the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to signal that they are committed to the targets in the Free Trade Agreement and said, as a World Trade Organisation member, they must follow their rules. Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that the Australian government is demanding clarity from the Chinese regime on whether the …

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