Chinese trade attack against Australia prompts calls to restrict vital iron ore flows

Iron ore has helped to fuel China's infrastructure programme in recent decades.
Iron ore has helped to fuel China's infrastructure programme in recent decades.PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY -In the waters off China, scores of massive ships filled with Australian coal have been left anchored and unable to enter ports in recent weeks - a stark signal of Beijing's recent moves to inflict trade punishments on Canberra.

The move to restrict trade of Australian thermal coal follows similar Chinese curbs on imports of various Australian products including barley, wine, timber and seafood.

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