China-Australia relations: wheat shipments to grain-hungry China surge as total 2020 exports just shy of record high



Su-Lin Tan | South China Morning Post

Despite warnings that Chinese authorities might block Australian wheat amid an escalating political row, wheat exports to China surged last month, underscoring a year in which overall trade between the countries approached a record high.

After three months in which there had been no wheat trade between the two countries, hundreds of thousands of tonnes changed hands in December, valued at A$248 million (US$191.2 million), according to preliminary trade data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The exchange came in sharp contrast to the tensions that rocked the China-Australia relationship for most of 2020.

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