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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
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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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