China-Australia Relations

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New Hong Kong Customs Chief Discusses Efforts to Stop Smuggling of Australian Lobsters to Mainland

Ho Pui-shan (Louise Ho) became Hong Kong’s new Commissioner of Customs and Excise on October 21. During the press conference (link in Cantonese) with media after taking the position, she mentioned combatting smuggling as one of the tasks of her agency, including smuggling of Australian lobster, in the context

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg Speech on "Strategic Competition"

In a speech on September 6, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg discussed Australia-China economic relations. Acknowledging that Australia is on the "frontline" of strategic competition, he highlighted that the Australian economy is "remarkably resilient" and that it has a "deep trading relationship with many other countries." He began the speech by

Australian Senate Approves Bill Banning Imports of Goods Made with Forced Labor

Last week, the Australian Senate passed a bill – Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced By Forced Labour) Bill 2021 – that would ban imports of goods made with forced labor. There are significant hurdles to the bill becoming law (it still needs approval by the House of Representatives, and then would need

Australian Senator Raises Concern About Chinese-Owned Port Restricting Coal Exports

In an Australian parliamentary session this week, Senator Sarah Henderson raised concerns about the Newcastle, Australia port, which is 50% owned by a Chinese state-owned company, imposing restrictions on coal exports. This has been a recurring issue that has arisen several times in recent months, in the context of a

Australia Raises Various Chinese Trade Restrictions at WTO State-Trading Enterprise Meeting

It has been widely reported in the media that Australia-China trade relations have deteriorated in recent months. Some aspects of this issue have been discussed in WTO committees and other bodies. At the May 3 meeting of the WTO’s Working Party on State-Trading Enterprises, for which the minutes were

Australia Foreign Investment Review Board Report Offers Data on Chinese Investment Transactions

The Australian Foreign Investment Review Board recently released its annual report for 2019-2020, documenting the foreign investment transactions it considered during that period. The report offers data and explanations related to investment coming into Australia from China. The report provides the following table of "Approvals by country of investor, by

Tony Abbott and Liz Truss Comment on Various China Trade Issues

On July 27, the UK think tank Policy Exchange hosted an event on "Strategic Trade" with former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (currently an adviser to the UK Board of Trade) giving the main remarks, and UK Trade Minister Elizabeth Truss participating in the Q & A that followed. In
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