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China-Australia tensions explained in 500 words. A series of defence, trade and foreign policy disputes have led to what is seen as the lowest point in two countries’ ties in decades. In May, China curbed Australian beef imports and levied tariffs totalling 80.5 percent on Australian barley [AP Photo]How much will the China-Australia trade war affect Australia's economy?
With China accounting for about 35 percent of Australia’s total trade, some experts fear an all-out trade war could cost the latter 6 percent of its GDP. In contrast, Australia accounts for less than 4 percent of China’s commerce.How big is the trade gap between China and Australia?
While trade between China and Australia fell by about 5.4 billion Australian dollars ($4 billion) in the first half of 2021, compared to the previous year, Frydenberg said that loss had been mostly made up by a 4.4 billion Australian dollar ($3.27 billion) increase with the rest of the world.What is China's foreign policy doing to Australian politics?
China’s assertive foreign policy and the rapid modernisation of its military has long unsettled Australian politicians. A turning point occurred in 2017 when Australia banned foreign political donations, with officials warning of “disturbing reports” of Chinese attempts to influence the political process in Canberra.