China and Australia continue to be odds over coal
(Kitco News) - Overnight China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin stood firm and underlined that the country’s actions regarding imported Australian products such as coal are in line with Chinese laws and regulations. This statement came as Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed that China’s formal ban on coal would be in breach of World Trade Organisation rules.
Wang, who was speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, claimed that he had not been aware of China reducing restrictions on other coal imports. He added that Australia had been playing victim, “pointing and accusing finger at China, directly or by insinuation”. Morrison retaliated and said that if the coal ban were to be the practice, it would be a lose-lose situation for both countries.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also did not confirm the coal ban, when asked about it on Tuesday. The ministry refuted allegations China had breached trade commitments and questioned if Australia had gone against its own promises to allow open investment and trade, after denying myriad Chinese deals in the past two years, including blocking Huawei Technologies Co. from the country’s 5G network.
For now, the saga continues....