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Barley, beef, wine: Australia pays price for incurring China's wrath

Tensions risk running deeper as 'firewall' between economics and politics breaks down

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China is already facing a growing number of diplomatic battles, not least with the world's biggest superpower, but that has not stopped Beijing from waging one against Australia using the force of its economic might.

It has slapped an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley, banned some of its beef imports and, more recently, launched an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2020, with the headline Barley, beef, wine: Australia pays price for incurring China's wrath. Subscribe