China-Australia relations: Canberra denies ‘playing the victim’ in trade dispute with Beijing



Andrew Mullen | South China Morning Post

  • Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan was responding to an editorial in the Global Times that accused him of appearing ‘to be pulling another publicity stunt’
  • Preliminary data last week showed that Australia’s total goods exported to China reached A$145.2 billion (US$110.9 billion) in 2020, just 2.16 per cent less than in 2019

Trade Minister Dan Tehan has denied Australia is “playing the victim” in its relationship with China amid their ongoing trade dispute.

Tehan was responding to an editorial on Monday in China’s nationalist tabloid, the Global Times, that said Australia appeared “to be pulling another publicity stunt” and “publicly whining” after the minister said he had not received a reply to a letter he sent to China’s new commerce minister, Wang Wentao, last month.

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