Pyne blamed for freeze on coal imports

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 19 & 20 : 21-Mar-19

Michael Cooper of S&P Global Platts says Chinese buyers have favoured Indonesian coal over Australian coal since January, despite its lower quality. The firm expects China’s restrictions on Australian thermal coal imports to last until the end of May. Meanwhile, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has rejected suggestions that China’s import restrictions are politically motivated. Some Chinese coal traders have claimed that Australian coal imports have been targeted due to comments made by Defence Minister Christopher Pyne in January regarding China’s presence in the South China Sea.

CORPORATES
S&P GLOBAL PLATTS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF DEFENCE, HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, CHINA. MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, GLENCORE PLC, NEW HOPE CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX NHC, CHINA. GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OF CUSTOMS

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