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China plays hardball on trade as Australia tensions escalate

Beijing punishes Canberra with tariffs and bans for COVID-19 inquiry push

SYDNEY -- One-hundred thousand Australian dollars ($70,000).

That's how much Robert Miolini, a farmer in the Wheatbelt region in the state of Western Australia, lost in future earnings when China announced plans to impose a crippling 80 percent five-year tariff on Australian barley last month, citing anti-dumping allegations.

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