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Coal industry calls for 'rules based' trade as China uses state media to say it's refusing to buy Australian thermal coal

Ian Kirkwood
By Ian Kirkwood
Updated March 23 2021 - 12:32pm, first published December 15 2020 - 5:30pm
NO LONGER WANTED: Caofeidian Port in Tangshan, in north China's Hebei Province. This photo was part of the Global Times article announcing that Chinese power companies had been told not to buy Australian coal.

THE Hunter Region and its coal industry are at the centre of China's latest bout of hostility towards Australia, with the Chinese Communist Party's international mouthpiece, the Global Times, reporting that Chinese power stations had been told they could import coal from any country but Australia.

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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.