China slaps Australia with barley tariffs as trade tensions flare

China imposes tariffs on barley, suspends beef imports from Australia after Canberra pushes for COVID-19 inquiry.

Ties between Australia and China are under growing strain after Beijing imposed tariffs and suspensions on Australian agricultural products.

China has threatened to impose tariffs of up to 80 percent on Australian barley and has suspended Australian beef imports, after Australia’s push for an international investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

Al Jazeera’s Nicola Gage reports from Crookwell, Australia.