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Chinese tariffs leave Australian winemakers high and dry

Industry faces huge losses in biggest export market as Beijing row escalates

A seasonal worker harvests grapes at an Australian vineyard. The country's wine exporters fear the impact of onerous Chinese tariffs.   © EPA/Jiji

SYDNEY -- Queensland-based Lisa Liang had just finished bottling more than 22,000 liters of wine, hoping a bumper shipment to thirsty Chinese customers for the Lunar New Year would make up for a dry 2020.

Instead, she is sitting on two containers of deferred shipments after Australian producers became the latest casualty of the country's rapidly deteriorating relations with Beijing.

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