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China import ban won't squeeze Australia, says incoming Japan envoy

Canberra 'will continue to look to diversify markets': Justin Hayhurst

Australia’s ambassador-designate to Japan Justin Hayhurst after an interview on Feb. 3 in Tokyo. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- China's ban on imports will not succeed in pressuring Australia into shifting policy on its biggest trading partner, Australia's ambassador-designate to Japan told Nikkei Asia in a recent interview.

"Blocking trade won't pressure a government into changing its policy positions, not in Australia," said Justin Hayhurst, who will be formally sworn in after presenting his credentials to Emperor Naruhito.

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