China tightens restrictions on Australian exports

China has stepped up trade restrictions against Australia, suspending imports of some timber and barley, the agriculture minister said Tuesday, amid tension over the coronavirus, Hong Kong and the South China Sea. Chinese authorities also are delaying clearance for a $1.4 million shipment of live lobsters from Australia. Beijing has blocked or limited imports of Australian coal, beef and other goods and announced an investigation into whether wine was being sold at improperly low prices.

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