Forget about the trade spat – coal is passé in much of China, and that's a bigger problem for Australia
By Hao Tan, Associate professor, University of Newcastle
Elizabeth Thurbon, Scientia Associate Professor in International Relations / International Political Economy, UNSW
John Mathews, Professor Emeritus, Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University
Sung-Young Kim, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Discipline of Politics & International Relations, Macquarie School of Social Sciences, Macquarie University
Australian coal exports to China plummeted last year. While this is due in part to recent trade tensions between Australia and China, our research suggests coal plant closures are a bigger threat to Australia’s export coal in the long term.
China unofficially banned Australian coal in mid-2020. Some 70 ships carrying Australian coal have reportedly been unable to unload in China since October.
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- Tuesday, January 19, 2021