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Why has Australia and China’s relationship turned sour?

China imposes tariffs on Australian wine in latest escalation of trade and diplomatic dispute.

Ties between Australia and China are unravelling fast.

Beijing has imposed a tariff of up to 212 percent on Australian wine, the latest in an escalating trade and diplomatic dispute.

China says it is a measure against dumping to protect its own wine industry.

But Australia believes the reason is political.

The government in Canberra has criticised China’s handling of COVID-19, as well as human rights issues in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

Is there room to repair the relationship?

Presenter: Imran Khan


Einar Tangen – Political analyst specialising in China affairs

Pauline Loong – Managing director of Asia-analytica, a research consultancy firm