Hunter coal sales and port lease key to Chinese resources needs and foreign investment

Ian Kirkwood
By Ian Kirkwood
Updated May 22 2020 - 4:05am, first published May 18 2020 - 6:30pm
TRADING PLACES: About 15 per cent of Newcastle's coal goes to China, At the same time, companies such as China Merchants Port Holdings are investing in ports and mines around the world.

COAL and iron ore are Australia's two biggest export earners, with coal earning the nation about $70 billion last year, with about $20 billion of that amount being shipped out of Newcastle.

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Ian Kirkwood

Ian Kirkwood

Journalist

Reporting journalist at the Newcastle Herald since 1987. Editorial writer, general reporter, industrial relations, industry and coal.

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