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China Said to Maintain Australia Coal Slowdown Until After Polls

April 24, 2019, 1:10 PM

China will maintain a slowdown in coal imports from Australia until Beijing has assessed government policy in Canberra after federal elections in May, according to people with knowledge of the plan.

Chinese Customs in January told local officials to start controlling imports of Australian coal, without giving explicit instructions as to how or why. That’s resulted in delays to clearance at some ports and additional testing at others, prompting concern that Beijing is retaliating against Australia’s ban on Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co.

China will decide whether to maintain those controls after the May 18 poll depending on the ...

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