Furious China SEIZES Australian wine as coronavirus trade war explodes

CHINESE authorities have seized wine imported from Australia as tensions between the two countries drop to a new low.

PUBLISHED: 02:38, Fri, Nov 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 02:38, Fri, Nov 6, 2020

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The two countries have clashed repeatedly in the last few months over coronavirus, Hong Kong and human rights. The seized wine had been ordered by at least a dozen wine exhibitors for an upcoming regional show.

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According to the Daily Mail the Chinese Communist Party has informally told Chinese companies to stop buying Australian wine, copper, lobster, coal, timber, sugar and barley from Friday.

Relations between China and Australia plummeted in April after the Australian government demanded an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.

In response Beijing put an 80 percent tariff on barley from Australia.

It also suspended the import of beef and cotton and encouraged Chinese students not to visit Australia.

ChinaAustralian wine has been seized by Chinese authorities (Image: GETTY)

China“We expect our trade with China to be undertaken consistent with WTO obligations” (Image: GETTY)

Australian foreign minister Marise Payne spoke out against the move.

Speaking to reporters she said: “We are continuing to seek clarity from the Chinese authorities both here in Australia and in China.

“There has been a consistent denial of any targeting of Australian products and a commitment spoken of in relation to observation of trade rules.

“We would encourage Chinese authorities to act in accord with those rules.”

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ChinaThe coronavirus emerged in China late last year (Image: GETTY)

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