China hits Australia with bar on ore, cotton trade
Topics: CHINA AUSTRALIA
The Cotton Australia and the Australian Cotton Shippers Association, in a joint statement on Friday, said that China's National Development Reform Commission has been recently "discouraging" their spinning mills from using Australian cotton.
Earlier, Beijing had reportedly suspended ore imports from Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently said: "It's not uncommon for China to suspend coal imports." Canberra is probing the latest moves by Beijing.
However, there has been no official confirmation from the Chinese side over the issue.
Also, the bilateral tensions triggered separate investigations by Beijing into Australia's wine export and dumping allegations. ■