China says suspended imports of beef products from four Australian firms

The reports come at a time of heightened tensions between Australia and China over the coronavirus pandemic

The reports come at a time of heightened tensions between Australia and China over the coronavirus pandemic

The outbreak first emerged in China late previous year.

The regulatory proposal on the tariffs comes about two weeks after China's ambassador to Australia said there may be economic consequences for Australia's push for an enquiry into the origins of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Last month Australia called for an independent global inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus just a few days after China floated putting an 80 percent tariff on Australia's barley shipments.

China is the No. 1 market for Australian beef, accounting for about 30% of exports.

"The Australian government is deeply concerned by reports that unjustified duties may be levied on Australian barley imports into China", Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said in a statement.

Australia's government bond yields are flashing red on Tuesday, as the domestic stock market is putting in a negative performance seemingly due to the nation's escalating trade tensions with China.

BEEF City has once again been delisted as an export abattoir by China, as tensions between Australia and China ramp up.

"Obviously (Dutton) must have also received some instructions from Washington requiring him to cooperate with the U.S.in its propaganda war against China". Elders Ltd., which helps sell and buy livestock across Australia, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, dropped as much as 6.9%, the most since March 23.

Australia however is not alone in its fight against China.

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"We have worked with the Australian grains industry to mount the strongest possible case against China's anti-dumping investigation", said Birmingham.

Beijing has also been riled by a decision to ban controversial telecoms giant Huawei from building Australia's 5G network, while Canberra has protested China's arrest of Chinese-Australian writer Yang Jun on spying allegations.

Australia's call for a probe into the origins of the virus have further strained ties. "They certainly haven't raised it as connected to any other issues, and I'd be extremely disappointed if it was", Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

Three of the facilities are in the northeastern state of Queensland and one in the southeastern state of New South Wales.

JBS has been informed that the suspensions relate to a range of technical issues and the company is working with the agriculture department to understand the problems, it said in a statement.

Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said shipments of meat from four abattoirs had been suspended over "minor technical" breaches related to Chinese health and labelling certificate requirements.

"(China's customs) notified the relevant Australian departments and required them to investigate completely the reason for the problem and to fix it", Zhao said during a daily briefing in Beijing.

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