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Australian exports to China defy trade sanctions

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Australian exports to China defy trade sanctions
The value of Australian exports to China continues to surge, despite Beijing targeting them with trade sanctions.
New Chinese government trade data showed that high commodity prices are fuelling the boom in value of exports to the economic superpower, the Australian Financial Review reports.

Chinese imports from Australia jumped 50 per cent year-on-year to $20.36 billion in September.

Australian exporters with China are surging despite Beijing’s trade sanctions, new figures show. (Getty)

Exports from China to Australia climbed nearly 24 per cent year-on-year to about $8 billion.

Australian exports to China – including wine, coal, seafood and barley – have been hit by trade sanctions over the past 18 months.

They were triggered by the Morrison Government’s call for an international investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the introduction of foreign interference laws.

The rising value of Australia’s exports to China has been largely driven by a jump in commodity prices.

But demand for iron ore from Chinese companies and state-run enterprises is declining.

The figures were released after a Chinese media outlet warned Australia to expect more trade sanctions amid the fallout of a speech by former prime minister Tony Abbott.

The Australian seafood industry has been hit hard by Chinese trade sanctions. (AP)

“Australia, a country that relies heavily on trade with China, has persistently prodded the most sensitive nerve of its biggest trading partner,” the China Daily wrote in an editorial.

“With politicians in Canberra continuing to act and sound increasingly hostile toward China, the worst is probably yet to come.”

In a speech during a visit to Taiwan, Mr Abbott blasted China’s provocative trade stance for attempting to coerce Australia into policy changes.

“Its embassy has published 14 demands – essentially that we become a tributary state,” he said.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen watches former prime minister Tony Abbott speak during a meeting at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan (Pool Photo via AP Photo) (Pool Photo via AP Photo)

The latest trade figures showed China’s global exports rose at a slightly faster pace in September while demand for imports of iron ore and other commodities eased as a property construction boom cooled and authorities enforced curbs on energy use.

Customs data showed exports rose 28.1 per cent to $413 billion.

That was slightly faster than the 26 per cent increase logged in August, and above economists’ forecasts.

Imports rose 17.6 per cent to $324 billion, less than the previous month’s 33 per cent increase.

Source: 9News

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