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International relations

China locks onto Australian farm imports as relations fray

Tensions have escalated since Canberra's push for coronavirus probe

A bottle of Australian wine at a bar in Beijing: China accounts for about 40% of Australia's wine exports.   © Reuters

SYDNEY/BEIJING -- China has further restricted imports of Australian agricultural products as bilateral relations deteriorate in the wake of Australia's call for an independent investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beijing recently launched an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine exports, following trade sanctions already imposed on beef and barley.

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